Putin orders payment of benefits for people arriving in Russia from Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a decree introducing financial benefits for people who have left Ukrainian territory to come to Russia, including pensioners, pregnant women and people with disabilities.

The decree, published on a government portal, establishes monthly pension payments of 10,000 rubles ($170) for people who have been forced to leave the territory of Ukraine since February 18. Persons with disabilities will also be entitled to the same monthly aid during their pregnancy. women are entitled to a single benefit. The decree says the payments will be made to Ukrainian citizens and the so-called People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk – two Russian-backed breakaway entities in eastern Ukraine that Moscow recognized as independent in February in a decision condemned by Ukraine and the West as illegal. .

On February 18, Putin ordered anyone who arrived in Russia from Donetsk and Luhansk to receive payment of 10,000 rubles. Moscow has given Ukrainians Russian passports in what Ukraine and the United States see as an illegal effort by Moscow to annex territory it has occupied in what they see as a land grab by Russian imperialism.

Moscow says it is carrying out “a special military operation” to protect itself and defend Russian speakers it says have been persecuted by Ukrainian authorities, which Kyiv denies. ($1 = 59.3000 rubles)

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