Families of Russia’s National Guard who died in Ukraine to get $80,000: Kremlin

Families of Russia’s National Guard who died in Ukraine to get $80,000: Kremlin

The families of members of Russia’s National Guard who died in Ukraine and Syria will receive a one-time payment of five million rubles ($80,000), a Kremlin decree said on Monday.

The decree signed by President Vladimir Putin said the payments would also be received by families of those who were killed during a “special military operation” in Ukraine’s breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk.

In 2016, Putin created the National Guard, or Rosgvardia, to maintain public order and fight terrorism. The force reports directly to him.

Russia has been tight-lipped on the number of its soldiers and members of the National Guard killed in Ukraine and Syria.

On March 25, the Russian defence ministry said that 1,351 troops were killed in Ukraine, although Western officials and military observers say the death toll is much higher.

On February 24, Putin sent troops to pro-Western Ukraine in a conflict that has killed thousands of people and created the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.

In 2015, Putin ordered Russian troops into Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) is a French state-owned international news agency based in Paris. It is the world's oldest news agency, having been founded in 1835 as Havas.

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