Russian soldiers to get veteran benefits after service in Ukraine

A Russian Soldier presents Capt. Samuel Herbert, the commander for Company A, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, with a memento at the conclusion of an inspection at Bulgaria’s Novo Selo Training Area April 20. A Russian team conducted an inspection under the Vienna Document 2011 Confidence and Security-Building Measures while Herbert’s company is training with the Bulgarian 38th Mechanized Battalion in Exercise Strike Back, demonstrating the transparency of the U.S. Army’s training in Europe. (Spc. Ryan Tatum)
A Russian Soldier presents Capt. Samuel Herbert, the commander for Company A, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, with a memento at the conclusion of an inspection at Bulgaria’s Novo Selo Training Area April 20. A Russian team conducted an inspection under the Vienna Document 2011 Confidence and Security-Building Measures while Herbert’s company is training with the Bulgarian 38th Mechanized Battalion in Exercise Strike Back, demonstrating the transparency of the U.S. Army’s training in Europe. (Spc. Ryan Tatum)

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Moscow — Russian soldiers that fight in Ukraine are to be named veterans and offered special privileges by the state, according to a law signed off by parliament in Moscow on Wednesday.

Under the law, proposed in the Duma by the United Russia party of President Vladimir Putin, those who serve in Ukraine would be entitled to monthly payments, tax benefits, better health care and free or reduced-price public transport.

To pay for this, more than 5 billion roubles (about $50 million) are earmarked for this year alone.

Russia calls the war in Ukraine, which has been going on for almost four weeks, a “special military operation.”

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