Russian President Vladimir Putin sign a law on Thursday recognizing border guards who fend off cross-border attacks from Ukraine as veterans.
The legislation grants veteran status to active and retired members of the security forces who “repel armed invasion and provocations on the border and in territories adjacent to war zones in Ukraine since February 24” – the date to which Putin invaded Ukraine.
The same status is granted to those who have been injured during their service.
The law comes into force on Thursday, August 4.
Veteran status gives the holder tax and transportation privileges and state assistance for housing and health care. Veterans also receive monthly payments from the government.
A number of attacks, some of which have damaged infrastructure and claimed civilian lives, have been reported in Russia’s border regions during the five months of hostilities – although Ukraine has neither confirmed nor denied being behind them.
Cheese fries recognized civilians – including doctors, technical specialists, construction workers and journalists – who worked with Russian troops in occupied areas of Ukraine as war veterans.
The president signed a law in March granting veteran status to all Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine.
Russia considers its invasion a “special military operation” and has not officially declared war.