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Over 33,000 residents of self-proclaimed 'DNR' get Russian passports

More than 55,000 applied for Russian citizenship, Donetsk-based news agency reports
22:37, 31 October 2019

State Border Guard of Ukraine

The Russian authorities issued passports to more than 33,000 residents of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic. DAN, the news agency based in the occupied Donetsk reported that on Thursday evening.

According to the medium, more than 55,000 locals of the occupied part of Donetsk region applied for Russian citizenship.

Related: Germany denies information about issuance of visa to Donbas citizens with Russian passports

Earlier this month, the European Commission and the European External Action Service provided instructions to the EU member states and non-EU Schengen countries on how to handle visa applications submitted by residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine that are not under Ukrainian control. “Within the framework of the EU visa code, as a rule, applicants for a Schengen visa who lawfully reside in the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine that are not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities must submit their applications for visas at the consulates of the EU member states in Ukraine, regardless of the type of document, which they have, "the report said.

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