Putin orders benefit payments

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a decree introducing financial benefits for people who left Ukrainian territory to come to Russia, including pensioners, pregnant women and disabled people.

The decree, published on a government portal, establishes monthly pension payments of 10,000 roubles ($170) for people who have been forced to leave the territory of Ukraine since Feb.18.

Disabled people will also be eligible for the same monthly support, while pregnant women are entitled to a one-off benefit. —Reuters

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