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Ukrainian prime minister says money needed to pay for war against separatists, reconstruction

Ukraine's prime minister says parliament needs to come up with more money to pay the mounting costs from the war against pro-Russian separatists and to rebuild infrastructure shattered by the fighting.

Yatsenyuk urged parliament Monday to amend this year's budget and come up with an additional 9.1 billion hryvnias ($774 million) to pay the military, and 3.3 billion hryvnias ($280 million) for repairs.

Yatsenyuk said the government would raise some of the money through a one-time 1.5 percent war tax on incomes, and by eliminating supplementary compensation for public officials.

Parliament is to vote Thursday on his proposals. It will also hold a vote of confidence in Yatsenyuk, which could open the way to new elections. Yatsenyuk said last week he is resigning but remains prime minister pending the vote.