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Donbas citizens to file applications for Russian passport from May 3

Source : 112 Ukraine

All 33 units of the so-called “migration service of Donetsk People’s Republic” will accept documents from May 7
17:36, 2 May 2019

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The citizens of occupied areas of Donetsk region will be able to file the applications for the Russian citizenship from May 3 as Interfax reported citing the so-called Interior Ministry of unrecognized Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

It will be possible to file the application for the obtaining of Russian citizenship in the simplified order at the so-called migration service of the self-proclaimed republic. People, who permanently live at the occupied territories of Donetsk region and possess the so-called DPR passport will be able to file the documents.

It is announced that all 33 units of the so-called migration service will accept documents from May 7.

Related: Russia launches ‘passportization’ in occupied Ukrainian Donbas (Part One)

The documents will be sent to the apparatus of the migration service for the check, formation of the cases and further sending to the Main Directorate for Migration Affairs in Rostov Oblast. It is planned to allocate up to three months for their consideration.

If a person is granted the Russian citizenship, the Russian passport will be issued at the territory of Rostov Oblast after fingerprint and taking an oath. The citizens of occupied areas of Donbas will be taken to Rostov Oblast of Russia “centralized, at special buses” to allow them to get the passports.

On May 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting the right to a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship to certain categories of citizens of Ukraine.

Related: Ukraine protests against Russia deploying passport center for issuing IDs for Donbas residents

On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree according to which the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is simplified. Applications for entry into citizenship of the Russian Federation, which are received from residents of ORDLO, should be considered no more than three months from the date of submission.

President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine will grant citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes, and first of all to Russians. 

Besides, he said that Russia should not spend their time in vain with their attempts to lure the citizens of Ukraine into getting Russian passports

Related: Russia tests Zelensky with passport order, - Linkevicius

Current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the order on the issuance of the Russian passports to the Ukrainian citizens on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk is the attempt to justify and legitimize the military presence of Russia in Donbas.

Ukraine appealed to the UN Security Council after this decision and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko called it to be the daring step, which contradicts the Minsk Agreements.

Ukraine’s Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported that people who get Russian passports will lose their Ukrainian citizenship.

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