Russian forces, which were deployed in Donbas have been paying efforts to speed up the process of issuing Russian passports to Donbas residents under the simplified procedure. The press office of Ukraine's Defense Ministry reported this May 2.
'There's powerful propaganda of simplified procedure of provision of the Russian citizenship; unit commanders specify information about servicemen who either have IDs of LNR or DNR, or do not even have any passports at all', reads the message.
The Ukrainian authority added that the respective lists of citizens include only those who have documents, which may be used as IDs - passports, driving licenses and military registration cards.
Many people avoid this procedure so as not to join the Russian military in the combat area, Ukraine's Defense Ministry said.