Ukraine strongly condemns and does not recognize the Russian presidential decree on the recognition of "documents" issued by so-called DNR and LNR republics, according to the the statement of Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.
"This is a de facto recognition of that illegitimate government bodies located on the occupied territories of Ukrainian Donbas, controlled by Russia", convinced the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The diplomat stressed that the Russian side has once again violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, its international obligations, and fundamentally violates the Minsk agreements.
"We call on our international partners to increase the pressure on Russia for the strict fulfillment of the Minsk agreements and the Kremlin's return to the international legal field," said in a statement.
Earlier today Russian Federation recognized as valid passports issued by the authorities of the so-called DNR and LNR. The corresponding decree was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and later posted on the website of the Russian President.
The decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin on recognition of LNR-DNR documents of Donbas residents was signed exclusively for humanitarian purposes. This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a dialogue with journalists in Munich.