In Ukraine, a rule may appear on the appointment of pensions to certain categories of citizens, regardless of the period of application of a person to the Pension Fund, if the right to such a pension was acquired after a full-scale Russian invasion.
This is stated in the Draft Law No. 8198 “On the Assignment of a Pension to Persons Living in the Temporarily Occupied Territory or in the Territory Where Hostilities Are Conducted”, a comparative table for which was prepared for the second reading.
Thus, the current legislation assumes that an old-age pension is assigned from the day following the day of reaching the retirement age, and a disability pension – from the day the disability was established, if the application for a pension took place no later than three months from the corresponding date.
But the authors of the project propose to introduce a rule on the appointment of pension payments to the relevant categories of citizens, regardless of the period for which a citizen applies to the Pension Fund, if he has the right to such a pension after February 24, 2022. The norm will be temporary: it will be introduced during martial law and for three months after its end.
The explanatory note also states that Ukrainians who have received the right to a pension and live in the temporarily occupied territory or in the territory are deprived of the opportunity to contact the PFU authorities to resolve any issues regarding the pension. Also, the web portal of electronic services of the Pension Fund does not work everywhere, since the Internet and Ukrainian mobile communications often do not work in the territories occupied by the enemy.
Therefore, if the relevant norm is adopted, pensions for these citizens will be assigned retroactively from the date of receipt of the relevant right and regardless of the date of application.
If the pensioner left the dangerous territory or the region was de-occupied, pension payments will be made from the moment they reach retirement age, even if the usual deadlines for applying for a pension are violated.
Recall that the Russians, after the seizure of our territories, refuse to accrue social benefits to holders of Ukrainian passports. Also, the occupying authorities prohibit the circulation of the hryvnia, so many residents of the occupied territories were left completely without a livelihood.
It should be noted that the Verkhovna Rada supported Draft Law No. 8198 on December 13, 2022. And on February 28, a comparative table was submitted to the Rada, which was prepared for the second reading.
Earlier, Focus wrote that in Ukraine they calculated how many citizens receive more than 10 thousand hryvnias in pension payments. It turned out that there are about 700 thousand such pensioners. Focus also said that on March 1, 2023, a large-scale indexation of pensions started in Ukraine. The increase will affect the most vulnerable categories of Ukrainians who receive payments:
by disability; by age; by length of service: by loss of a breadwinner.
The amount of the minimum insurance payments will also be recalculated. This applies to:
Chernobyl disabled liquidators of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
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