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Residents of Donbas who received Russian passport may lose their Ukrainian citizenship

Ministry for the temporarily occupied territories believes that the purposes of issuing passports of the Russian Federation in Donbas are destabilization of the situation and the legalization of militants
18:08, 1 May 2019

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Residents of the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, who will receive Russian passports, risk losing their citizenship of Ukraine. This was stated in the commentary to Channel 5 by the Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories, Yuri Grymchak.

According to him, the goal of issuing Russian passports in Donbas is to destabilize the situation and legalize the militants. Thus, in the future, Russia will have grounds to state that it is protecting its citizens in the east of Ukraine.

Grymchak also believes that having a passport of the Russian Federation will help avoid the criminal prosecution of the DNR and LNR occupational administration by Ukraine. And those residents of the occupied territories, who now can get Russian passports in two centers of Rostov region, risk losing the citizenship of Ukraine.

"The Constitution of Ukraine says that a Ukrainian should possess only one citizenship - the citizenship of Ukraine; therefore, those people who will receive citizenship of the Russian Federation may lose their citizenship of Ukraine, and I think that this will have to be done - to revoke the passports of Ukraine", Grymchak added.

On May 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting the right to a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship to certain categories of citizens of Ukraine.

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On April 24, 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.

Zelensky, in response, said that Ukraine would grant citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes, and first of all to the Russians.

He also said that Russia should not waste time trying to seduce Ukrainian citizens with Russian passports.

The current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that the issuance of Russian passports in the Donbas is an attempt to justify and legitimize Russia's military presence in the occupied part of Ukraine. Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine is preparing a new package of sanctions.

Ukraine appealed to the UN Security Council after Russia simplified the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship. The representative of Ukraine at the UN called it a bold step, contrary to the Minsk agreements.

Putin’s decree was condemned by Poland, Canada, France and the United States.

Related: Putin simplifies obtaining Russian citizenship for certain categories of Ukrainians

Related: Poroshenko to strengthen sanctions against Russia during his last days in office

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