Ukraine has passed a law offering up to $1 million to Russian defectors who bring with them a fighter jet or warship.
Smaller amounts would be meted out to defectors with other sought-after equipment. Ukraine leaders aim to use the law — and the money — to capitalize on the widely reported low morale of Russian troops.
A kind of shopping list from the government was posted on Twitter by Euan MacDonald, an editor-at-large for The New Voice of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian parliament has approved a law with a list of rewards for Russian military equipment. Russian soldiers defecting to Ukraine with a warship or a jet can now claim up to $1 million. A tank or an artillery piece would be worth a $100,000 reward.
— Euan MacDonald (@Euan_MacDonald) April 1, 2022
Besides money, defectors giving up Russian equipment are offered “secrecy, a safe stay in Ukraine and support in obtaining new documents and an exit for a third country.”
First Vice Speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Oleksandr Kornienko said in a statement that the money will be “an additional incentive” for the demoralized “occupiers to lay down their arms.”