On Monday, April 29, a center for issuing Russian passports to residents of the occupied territories of Luhansk region opened in Novoshakhtinsk, Russia. This is reported by Interfax.
"Today, the center begins its work in a test mode. We are now accepting documents from authorized persons of the LNR. As the number of requests grows, we will increase the number of such responsibilities," said Kirill Alzinov, a representative of the Directorate General for Migration Affairs of the Russian Interior Ministry.
According to him, the center can receive up to 200 applications per day. It is reported that residents of the occupied territories of Ukraine do not have to travel to Russia to apply for a passport. For them, this is made by the "authorized person".
In addition, the representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs added that on Tuesday a migration center will be opened, where passports will be issued for residents of the areas controlled by the “DNR”. He did not specify its whereabouts.
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that simplifies the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. 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.
Ukraine appealed to the UN Security Council after Russia simplified the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship. The representative of Ukraine at the UN, Volodymyr Yelchenko, called it a bold step, contrary to the Minsk agreements.