British officials have reported that Vladimir Putin has raised the salaries of soldiers fighting the war in Ukraine to nearly three times the average pay of the Russian leader's civilian population.
According to Express.co.uk, about 14 million Russians live under the poverty line. However, Putin is reportedly diverting funds to his full-scale invasion in an attempt to continue what increasingly has become a grinding war of attrition.
About 400,000 Russian soldiers are presently fighting in Ukraine, have been readied to join the forces, or have suffered casualties – wounded or killed in action. This total constitutes less than 0.3 percent of the population, according to Express.
Officials said that funds are being disproportionately diverted towards paying these soldiers, which is coming at the expense of the millions of Russians living in poverty.
This marks the most recent endeavor by the Kremlin to encourage citizens' involvement in the war in Ukraine. Earlier this month, Express reported Putin was forcing esteemed universities to admit the less qualified offspring of soldiers engaged in his so-called "special military operation." The distorted appeared to be an attempt to blackmail fathers of fighting age.
In a recent update from the British Ministry of Defense, the agency stated military service in the Russian Armed Forces as an “increasingly lucrative” option for the country's citizens.
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According to MoD, a Russian lieutenant last year made less than half of what a junior ranked soldier has been making over the past few months. The average salary of a private is reportedly now just under three tiimes the Russian national average salary.
The MoD said, “It is highly likely that the salary and additional benefits are a strong incentive for personnel to join up, especially to those from the poorer areas of Russia. However, Russia is still unlikely to meet its targets for recruiting volunteers to the ranks.”
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