Leaders of irregular armed units of Russian mercenaries in Donbas are the first ones in line to get the Russian passports. Vadym Chernysh, the Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories said that in an interview with UNN news agency.
'...it (Russia, - 112 International) first of all issues these passports to the so-called officials of the occupant governments and members of the illegal armed formations. These will be the first to get them. [It is done] to 'bind' them, so that they, in fact, could continue to act and struggle against Ukraine', Chernysh said.
According to him, when applying for the Russian passport, residents of the occupied areas of Donbas are supposed to fill in the form where they confirm that they are obliged to serve in the Russian Army and 'stay loyal to the Russian Federation'.
June 14, the Russian Federation started to hand its passports over to the residents of the so-called DNR, Donetsk People's Republic.
April 24, Russian President Putin signed the decree, which simplified the procedure of obtaining Russian citizenship for the residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. May 1, he signed another document that extended the right to get the Russian citizenship under the simplified procedure for other categories of Ukrainians, including the natives of Crimea and their relatives.
Ukraine, Poland, Canada, France, Latvia and the U.S. condemned Putin's decree.
During the approaching G20 Summit in Osaka, EU leaders are supposed to make a statement, in which they'd state they would not recognize the passports that Russian illegally hands to Ukrainian citizens.