President Vladimir V. Putin visited wounded troopers on Wednesday and introduced a raft of recent social welfare measures and navy advantages — an obvious effort to indicate Russians that he was conscious occasions had been robust because the warfare in Ukraine entered its fourth month.
The Kremlin launched temporary clips of Mr. Putin, wearing a white robe and flanked by Protection Minister Sergei Okay. Shoigu, greeting sufferers at a navy hospital in Moscow. It was the president’s first time visiting the wounded for the reason that begin of the warfare, however his phrases had been sparse: “He’ll be happy with his dad,” Mr. Putin informed a affected person with a 9-month-old son.
Later, Russian state tv confirmed Mr. Putin assembly senior authorities officers on the Kremlin. He directed them to extend funds to service members deployed in Ukraine and to double the kid care allowance for ladies within the navy.
He mentioned that whereas the navy medical doctors he met on Wednesday had assured him that “they’ve all they want,” the federal government ought to “promptly, shortly and successfully reply to any wants” within the medical care of wounded troopers.
“They’re all heroes,” Mr. Putin mentioned of Russian troopers in Ukraine. “Every of them is exposing his life to mortal hazard, doing so consciously, and they need to be handled as such, as heroes.”
The Russian Protection Ministry final launched casualty figures on March 25, when it mentioned that 1,351 Russian service members had been killed in Ukraine.
Mr. Putin additionally promised wider social welfare measures, whilst he repeated his insistence that the Russian financial system was not struggling as a lot as some had predicted initially of the warfare. Pensions for non-working seniors, together with the minimal wage, can be raised 10 p.c in June, he mentioned.