Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree introducing financial incentives for people leaving Ukraine to come to Russia. Sky News.
Pensioners, pregnant women and disabled persons will also get financial benefits.
Monthly pension payments of 10,000 rubles (about 166 euros) will be given to those forced to leave the territory of Ukraine starting February 18, according to a decree published on the government portal.
Disabled persons will also be eligible for the same monthly assistance, while pregnant women will get a one-time benefit.
In a move condemned by Ukraine and the West, the decree says the payments will be made to citizens of Ukraine and the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics — two Russian-backed separatist organizations in eastern Ukraine. .
Earlier, Putin ordered that every person who entered Russia from Donetsk and Luhansk must pay 10,000 rubles.
A separate decree signed by Putin eases the residence and work rights of hundreds of thousands of people who moved to Russia from Ukraine after the Kremlin’s military intervention in the neighboring country, France press reports, according to Agerpres.
According to these new “temporary measures” published on Saturday, holders of Ukrainian passports and residents of the pro-Russian separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine can “stay for an unlimited period of time” in Russia.
Until now, they could only officially live in Russia for 90 days out of 180 days. They must obtain a work permit or special authorization for longer stays.
The decree states that the persons concerned now “have the right to carry out a professional activity in Russia without a work permit”.
However, to take advantage of this measure, they will have to submit to fingerprinting, photography for identification and medical tests for drugs and infectious diseases.
The text also prohibits the deportation of Ukrainian citizens from Russia, except for those who have been released from prison or are considered dangerous to Russia’s security.
According to Moscow, 3.6 million people, including 587,000 children, have left Ukraine for Russia since the Kremlin launched a large-scale offensive against Kiev at the end of February. Russian authorities have encouraged these trips and opened accommodation centers across the country, AFP notes.
Some of these refugees, often assisted by activists, still managed to leave Russia for the EU.
According to the UN, 2 million refugees from the occupied territories of Ukraine may remain in Russia, Ukrainian press agency Union reported. But there are no exact statistics in this regard, because the Russian army prevents the possibility of entering the areas controlled by the Ukrainian authorities.
Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for Reunification of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Irina Vereschiuk already announced on June 20 that, according to the Union, 1.2 million Ukrainians, including 240,000 children, were forcibly deported to Russia.
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