Over 170,000 citizens of temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine got the Russian passports as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Rostov Oblast Governor Vasiliy Golubev.
“If we talk about the number of people who got the citizenship, as for today, there are over 170,000 people,” Golubev said.
According to the official, some of Ukrainian citizens returned to homeland after receiving of Russian citizenship.
Due to this reason, the issuance of Russian passports to Ukrainians in Donbas did not influence the social sphere of the region, including the work, load of kindergartens and school of Rostov Oblast as well as labor market.
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.
On June 14, it was reported that the citizens of occupied Donbas began to get the passports of the Russian Federation. These IDs were registered in the simplified order in accordance with the April order of the Russian president.
Head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli stated that the EU leaders will discuss the issuance of the Russian passports to the citizens of occupied Donbas soon.