The EU states at the UN Security Council: Germany, France, the UK, Belgium, Poland and ex-members: Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands stated that Putin’s order on the simplified provision of passports to citizens of occupied Donbas disrupts the sovereignty of Ukraine as it is reported on Twitter.
“We as Member States of the European Union fully support the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders. The signature by the Russian President of decree entitling, inter alia, people who permanently reside in certain areas Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions to apply for Russian citizenship in a simplified manner undermines Ukraine’s sovereignty,” the message said.
According to the representatives, it contradicts the Minsk Agreements.
The representatives of the EU countries state that the coincidence in time of the issuance of the order with the end of the presidential elections shows the intention of Russia to destabilize the situation in Ukraine and escalate the conflict in the future.
Russia was urged to abstain from such actions as they endanger the implementation of Minsk Agreements.
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree which facilitates the procedure of obtaining the Russian citizenship for the residents of the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk (ORDLO). According to the document, the application for Russia’s citizenship, which ORDLO residents file should be considered within three months.
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.
As it was reported, Russia wanted to facilitate the process of obtaining Russian citizenship for the residents of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics after presidential elections in Ukraine. Putin’s decree was required for that.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported that people who get Russian passports will lose their Ukrainian citizenship.