Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to provide financial benefits to people who left Ukrainian soil to come to Russia, including pensioners, pregnant women and the disabled, Reuters reported.
The decree, published on a government portal, establishes monthly pension benefits of 10,000 rubles ($170) for people forced to leave the territory of Ukraine since February 18. Disabled people will also be entitled to the same monthly allowance, while pregnant women are entitled to a lump sum.
The decree states that payments will be made to citizens of Ukraine and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. On February 18, Putin ordered that every person arriving in Russia from Donetsk and Luhansk be given a payment of 10,000 rubles.
Moscow has given Ukrainians Russian passports in what Ukraine and the United States say is an illegal attempt by Moscow to annex territories it has seized.