Minister comments on fate of people with Russian passports in Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Some citizens with Russian passports will leave for their new homeland, some for the war in Syria, and those who do not want to leave Donbas can remain, but they will not be able to participate in the elections, the official said
17:31, 23 May 2020
Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories
Vice Prime Minister, Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine Oleksiy Reznikov explained what kind of fate awaits people with Russian passports in Donbas in the event of elections in the region. The Minister made the corresponding statement on the air of Ukraina TV channel on May 22.
“Someone will leave for Russia as their new homeland, someone for Syria - for "recycling". And someone who does not want to leave may remain, but the question will arise whether they will be able to take part in the elections, since the Ukrainian law is understandable: foreign citizens can’t be elected," Reznikov said.

According to him, even if citizens hide the presence of a Russian passport and are elected to local authorities, it will become clear over time, and they will be deprived of the MP mandate; the same concerns the authorities of rural council member or mayor.
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At the moment, about 200 000 citizens of Ukraine received passports of the Russian Federation in the occupied Donbas. This was also confirmed by Russian television channels, Reznikov noted. First of all, this is the military leadership of the gangs in Donbas, civil servants in the structures of the occupation authorities whom Russia pays salaries from its budget.

Reznikov also said that the holding of local elections in Donbas simultaneously with all regions of Ukraine in October of this year is possible only on condition that by the end of the summer Russian militants will be completely withdrawn from there.
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