The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) observes the massive illegal issuance of Russian passports in the temporarily occupied Donbas. According to the press office of the SBU, the local "government" of Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics" is doing this to make sure that Ukrainians participate in the Russian parliamentary election campaign.
"The organizers act in the breach of norms of international law and deprive "the new citizens" of social guarantees", reads the message.
According to the SBU, the Russian-initiated forced passportization of Ukrainian population in Donbas has speeded up since June 2021. The passports have ID codes of non-existent unit of the Migration Service of Rostov oblast in them. The place of actual residence is not pointed out in such kind of document. This means that the issued Russian passports do not guarantee the rights for social and pension payments, neither do they make their owners full-fledged Russian citizens.
Residents of the temporarily occupied territories are required to register e-mail addresses with their personal data to be able to vote in the online voting campaign.
According to the plan of organizers and curators of this campaign, most of the people who received these passports in the occupied Donbas are supposed to vote for the United Russia (the pro-presidential party, - 112 International). A number of measures was developed to persuade the people to vote for this force.
The SBU continues to observe the illegal actions of occupant government in the occupied Donbas, including this passportization campaign. All these actions are being documented within the opened criminal cases. The received materials will be handed over to respective international institutions. The Ukrainian agency reiterated that during the session of OSCE Permanent Council, the EU delegation claimed that the simplified procedure of provision of Russian citizenship for large groups of population in Donetsk and Luhansk regions poses an assault on Ukraine's sovereignty, breaking the spirit and goals of Minsk agreements. The EU does not recognize such passports, and urges OSCE members to do the same.