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Zelensky signs law on raising social protection of persons with war disabilities

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during the session of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the ninth convocation
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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has signed law on amendments into Article 13 of law No.431-IX “On status of war veterans, peoples with disabilities caused by war” that was taken by Verkhovna Rada on December 20, 2019, reports Kvivpost.

“The document raises the level of social protection of all categories of participants in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) and persons who participated in the implementation of measures to ensure national security and defense, in particular among volunteers and participants in hostilities in other countries that are recognized as persons with disabilities as a result of war,” the president reported on its website on Jan. 13.

The bill grants the right to medical care without payment from the recipient in medical institutions of persons with disabilities due to war from among:

  • participants in hostilities in other countries who were injured there and as a result became people with disabilities;
  • military personnel of various structures who defended the independence of Ukraine during the ATO or Joint Forces Operation received injuries or shell shock there, as a result of which they became people with disabilities;
  • people who became persons with disabilities due to injury, contusion, injury or illness received during their participation in the Joint Forces Operation;
  • Joint Forces Operation participants as part of volunteer units that collaborated with or joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military units;
  • volunteers who were injured in the area of ​​the ATO or Joint Forces Operation.

The law will enter into force on the day following the day of its publication and will come into effect on January 1, 2021.

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