Vladimir Putin signs decree providing financial benefits to people arriving in Russia from Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (File image)

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Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a decree under which people who crossed over to Russia leaving the Ukrainian territory could avail financial benefits, reported Reuters. The decree was published on a government portal.

Under this decree, pensioners, disabled and pregnant women are also covered. People who have been forced to leave their homes since February 18 will be entitled to receive a monthly pension of 10,000 roubles.

As per the decree, this monthly payment will be paid to citizens of Ukraine and the separatist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. These two breakaway republics are part of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. Before invading Ukraine, Russia recognised the independence of these republics.
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The Russian President on February 18 ordered to give a monthly pension of 10,000 rubles to people who arrived in Russia from Donetsk and Lugansk. Notably, Moscow has been providing Russian passports to Ukrainians after the invasion.

The United States and Ukraine termed it an illegal effort by Russia to annex Ukrainian territories. In May this year, Putin also signed a decree on the simplified admission of citizens of the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions of Ukraine to the citizenship of the Russian Federation.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Putin called the invasion “denazification” of the eastern European country. Russian troops are now focussing on taking full control of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Earlier on Saturday, Russia and Ukraine exchanged fresh accusations of shelling at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. the nuclear facility is under the control of Russian forces since March this year. However, it is still being operated by Ukrainian staff.