The lower house of the Russian parliament adopted a new legislation give civilians who helped Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine the same status as veterans.
The legislation will include doctors, technical specialists, construction workers and journalists who worked with Russian troops in occupied areas of Ukraine, according legislators.
Veteran status gives the holder tax and transportation privileges and state assistance for housing and health care. veterans too receive monthly government payments.
The legislation, which now needs to be passed by Russia’s upper house and signed by President Vladimir Putin, was approved amid recent country recruit essential workers for the “reconstruction” of the occupied areas of eastern Ukraine. In return for trips to the region, workers would be promised a benefits package including meals and accommodation, paid vacations, and “career growth” opportunities.
President Vladimir Putin sign a law granting veteran status to all Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine in March.