Rostov governor claims 7,000 Donbas residents got Russian passports

Source : 112 Ukraine

In April, Russian leader Putin launched the mechanism of issuing Russian passports for residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions
19:42, 23 July 2019

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Over 7,000 Ukrainians who live in Donbas have received Russian passports by now. Rostov oblast governor Vasiliy Golubev said this as quoted by TASS news agency.

He also claimed that another 30,000 filed the appeals.

On June 14, it became known that residents of the occupied areas of Donbas began to get the passports of the Russian Federation. On June 19 alone, 50 residents of the occupied Luhansk received the new IDs.

Related: Ukraine's MFA demands Russia to repeal orders on issuance of Russian passports to Donbas residents

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry condemned this step of the Russian government, stating it would continue to work on more sanctions against Russia.

Earlier, Markus Ederer, the Ambassador of the European Union to the Russian Federation claimed that the European Union will refuse Schengen visas to the residents of Crimea, who received Russian passports after the illegal annexation of the peninsula by Russia in 2014.

Related: Handing Russian passports to residents of occupied Donbas is 'Russia's domestic affair', - Peskov

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