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Russia may grant citizenship to 300,000 Donbas residents this year, - Joint Forces Commander

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russia's actions in this particular regard are among the most destabilizing factors in Donbas and Ukraine in general, Volodymyr Kravchenko says
16:44, 30 April 2020

Volodymyr Kravchenko, the Commander of Joint Forces
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The number of residents of the occupied Donbas who could get Russian citizenship in 2020 could exceed 300,000. Volodymyr Krachenko, the Commanding Officer of the Joint Forces Operation said so in ain interview with Ukrinform news agency.

"One of the most destabilizing factors both in our country and the Joint Forces Operation area is the actions of Russian government in terms of provision of Russian citizenship to residents of separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. According to the official data of migration services, 136,000 residents of the temporarily occupied areas received Russian citizenship in 2019. Granted the activity level of residents of these quasi-states remains on the same rate, and the Russian migrations services expand their opportunities in 2020, the said figure may exceed 300,000 people", Kravchenko said.

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At that, he added that the current social and economic indexes of the occupied Donbas show there are systematic problems, such as enterprises shutting down, idle mode of production assets, absence of incomes, no opportunity to pay salary and taxes, etc.

According to Kravchenko, occupant administrations prove they are incapable of their own economic activity without financial support and target markets of the Russian Federation.

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