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Putin orders payments to Ukrainians arriving in Russia amid allegations of forced migration

Decreto assinado por Putin prevê que benefícios serão pagos para quem chegou à Rússia a partir de 18 de fevereiro, seis dias antes do início da guerra
Decree signed by Putin provides what benefits will be paid to those who arrived in Russia from 08 of February, six days before the start of the war| Photo: EFE/EPA/MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/KREMLIN/SPUTNIK

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin signed a decree so that Ukrainians who arrive on Russian territory receive payments. 27163532

According to information from the Russian agency Tass, some groups, such as people with disabilities and seniors over 55 years old will receive thousand rubles (about R $540) monthly. Pregnant women will be entitled to single payments of equal amount.27163532

Also in accordance with Tass, payments will be retroactive to July 1st. Those who arrived in Russia from Ukraine from 18 from February, six days before the start of the war, including from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (where pro-Russian separatists declared two independent republics in , triggering a civil war), will be entitled to the benefit. Payments will be made by 18 December.27163532

Russia invaded Ukraine in February under the guise of protecting “ethnic Russians” and has carried out a process of Russification in the territories it occupies in the regions of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk, with the distribution of passports, implementation of the Russian curriculum in schools, among other measures. It also plans referendums in these areas so that they can be incorporated into Russia.27163532

Migration to Russian territory is in many cases forced, according to the United States: last month, the US State Department reported that Russian authorities interrogated, detained and forcibly deported them to Russia between 660 one thousand and 1.6 million Ukrainian citizens, including 372 one thousand children.

This week, a Yale University report produced in collaboration with the State Department pointed out that Russia operates at least 10 detention and interrogation centers for Ukrainian civilians and prisoners of war in occupied areas of Donetsk, places that function as a filtering system and where human rights violations are common.

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