The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Ruslan Stefanchuk addressed the participants of the VI International Veterans Forum “Ukraine. Veterans. The Future”.

“Veteran policy is one of the priorities of our state. We all know the cost of every kilometre of liberated and regained land. And soldiers, veterans, defenders deserve maximum state support and public respect,” the Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine stressed first of all.

He noted that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine is actively involved in shaping veterans’ policy. In particular, in May 2023, the People’s Deputies of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine on Improving Paperwork and Treatment During Martial Law, and in June 2023, amendments regulating the duration of military leave during martial law and the payment of additional remuneration of up to UAH 100,000.

In addition, Ruslan Stefanchuk said that the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has registered a draft law aimed at simplifying the procedure for obtaining the status of combatant, introducing a Unified State Register of Military Personnel and a separate status of Defender of Ukraine. 

“The Committee on Social Policy and Protection of Veterans’ Rights has established a separate subcommittee on the rehabilitation of war veterans from among the participants in the measures to repel and deter the armed aggression of the russian federation against Ukraine,” the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine said, calling on veterans and veterans’ organisations to actively communicate and cooperate with the subcommittee.

The Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine also noted that it is necessary to prepare for the post-war period together: “Every veteran should clearly know that he or she will not only receive decent benefits or guarantees from the state, but above all, will receive a proper mechanism for the transition from military service to civilian life.”

“Together, we can create the right conditions for the greatest value – people who prove their invincibility and will to win every day,” Ruslan Stefanchuk concluded.

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