Separatist leader says Crimea received $519m aid from Russia

Crimea's Prime Minister Sergiy Aksyonov (centre) leaves the polling station after voting in a a local school on March 16, 2014, in Simferopol. Crimea's separatist leader on Monday said Russia had sent the autonomous republic the equivalent of ne
Crimea's Prime Minister Sergiy Aksyonov (centre) leaves the polling station after voting in a a local school on March 16, 2014, in Simferopol. Crimea's separatist leader on Monday said Russia had sent the autonomous republic the equivalent of nearly 295 million euros (S$519 million) in "financial assistance," a day after it voted overwhelmingly to split from Ukraine. -- PHOTO: AFP

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AFP) - Crimea's separatist leader on Monday said Russia had sent the autonomous republic the equivalent of nearly 295 million euros (S$519 million) in "financial assistance," a day after it voted overwhelmingly to split from Ukraine.

"The Russian Federation today gave the republic 15 billion rubles in financial assistance," local leader Sergiy Aksyonov said in a tweet.