'Thousands of applicants': Ukrainians living in Donbass began to issue Russian passports
In the Rostov region, Russia began issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians living in the occupied territories of the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics.
The issuance of documents 14 June began two points on the territory of the Rostov region of Russia: in the village of Pokrovskoye and in the city of Novoshakhtinsk, writes “Interfax".
“Today is a great day for you! You acquire the citizenship of the Russian Federation and receive a document proving the identity of a citizen of a great country, ”said Oleg Agarkov, Head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Rostov Region, in his welcoming speech.
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Residents of the occupied part of the Donetsk region of Ukraine (“DPR”) were brought to the point in the village of Pokrovskoye by bus. The State Duma Deputy Viktor Vodolatsky and the head of the Neklinovsky District of the Rostov Region, Vitaly Danilenko, took part in the ceremony of presenting passports. New passports received there 34 Ukrainians.
In parallel, the issuance of passports to residents of the “Lugansk People’s Republic” began in Novoshakhtinsk, the Rostov region, on June 14, Ukrainians were given 30 passports there.
According to the so-called head of the DPR's migration service, Vladimir Krasnoshchek, “there are thousands of people who want to get Russian passports in Donbas”. He noted that “in total, today the DPR has adopted more than 8 thousands of documents to obtain Russian citizenship. ”
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Before obtaining a passport, newly minted citizens of the Russian Federation needed to undergo a number of procedures, including fingerprinting and taking the oath.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- 24 April Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for persons permanently residing in the territories of certain regions of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.
- Documents for obtaining Russian passports from Ukrainians started taking from 7 of May.
- In turn, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly objected to this decision and called on the international community not to recognize such documents.
- Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stated that the Government of Ukraine recognizes invalid passports issued by Russia to Ukrainian citizens in the Donbas.
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