Putin pays $ 3,200 to hire soldiers called to war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a one-time payment of 195,000 rubles ($ 3,200) on Thursday to hire soldiers and those called to fight in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

Moscow said last week that the “partial mobilization” campaign of some 300,000 reservists was over, but it acknowledged that it had problems.

More than 2,000 people were arrested during the protests amid public discontent with the men called to fight, even though they should be excused for medical reasons, as well as lacking military experience.

In a decree published on the site web of the Kremlin, Putin announced that the amount was intended to “take additional social support measures” for the soldiers.
Contractors and those who have been summoned, without entering in other details.

On the field, General Valery Zaluzhny, commander in Ukrainian army chief, said on Thursday that Ukrainian forces destroyed 278 Russian warplanes during eight months of fighting, explaining that this is more than double the number of warplanes lost by the (former) Soviet Union in its military intervention. in Afghanistan between 1979 and 1989.

The Russian Defense Ministry has not commented on these comments, but they are in in line with an increasingly confident rhetoric from Kiev, which has made progress in claiming some territory from the Russians.

Although civilians face occasional blackouts and water supplies due to Russian missile and drone attacks on energy infrastructure, momentum on the battlefield is in Kiev’s favor.

Ukraine is now exerting increasing pressure on Russian forces in the south thanks to military equipment supplied by its Western allies, including the US-made HIMARS missile system.

The minimum monthly wage offered to contract soldiers is 160,000 rubles ($ 2,700), nearly three times that media.
wages in Russia.

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