"The Interdepartmental Commission of the State Service for veterans of the ATO is continuing to grant the status of participant of the ATO to military personnel and employees of the Ukrainian armed forces," she said.

As of today, the status of participant in the Anti-Terrorist Operation had been granted to more than 19,000 soldiers of the Ukrainian armed forces, Havryliuk said.

Having the status of an ATO participant entitles the holders to a range of state subsidies and benefits, including free travel on public transport.