Some 500,000 people received Russian passports in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Ukraine's parliamentary envoy for human rights Lyudmyla Denisova said so as quoted by RBC-Ukraine news agency.
"So, an individual cannot even get Ukrainian pension, because they [Russian occupants in Donbas, - 112 International] tell him: "You can get a pension, but you need a Russian passport first". By our estimates, 500,000 people in ORDLO (the Ukrainian abbreviation for occupied territories of Donbas, - 112 International) already received Russian passports, and that's a huge number. And that drives them further and further away from Ukraine", Denisova said.
She added that there are children born already during the occupation, and some of them are now school students whose language of tuition is Russian, not Ukrainian. "They never studied in Ukrainian, and they never will", she said.
In early February, Oleksiy Reznikov, the Vice Prime Minister for Reintegration of Occupied Territories claimed that Russia issued more than 400,000 passports in the occupied Donbas and another 2.5 million in Crimea.