Russian citizens mobilized to take part in the military offensive on Ukrainian soil will be able to freeze their sperm free of charge at Russian cryopreservation units, Russian news agency TASS reported on Wednesday.
The agency quotes Igor Trunov, president of the Russian Bar Association, as saying that he received a positive response from the Russian Ministry of Health to his call for financial assistance to this plan to support families of soldiers.
Russians mobilized for war in Ukraine will be able to freeze sperm for free
According to TASS, Trunov asked the Moscow government to support a plan to change the regulation of access to cryopreservation of sperm, which until now required medical insurance, so that families can access not only cryopreservation, but also fertility treatment.
In response, the Russian Ministry of Health determined to support from the country’s federal budget access to sperm cryopreservation of “citizens mobilized to participate in a special military operation in 2022-2024.”
According to Igor Trunov, this measure will affect several couples who applied for such an opportunity after their husbands were mobilized for the war in Ukraine.
According to the Ministry of Defense of Ukrainebut rejected by Russia, Russian forces have already inflicted more than 100,000 casualties among the Russian military. Between September and October, after heavy losses suffered on Ukrainian soil, Russia mobilized some 300,000 citizens to fight in Ukraine.