Dmitry Balakin, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to the OSCE, stated that Moscow decided to simplify the issuance of the Russian citizenship to Donbas people because Ukrainian authorities deprived them of the legitimate rights as TASS reported.
“Under the circumstances, the Russian Federation guided by only humanitarian considerations made a decision to provide the possibility to the citizens of particular areas of Donbas to obtain the Russian citizenship in the simplified order, at the territory of the Russian Federation without a refusal from the present citizenship,” Balakin stated.
He noted that there is no issue about the forcible passportization.
Balakin said that Russia observers with regret how Kyiv deprived the citizens of Donbas of almost all legitimate rights, excluded them from the political and social and economical processes in Ukraine and made them powerless people at the territory of their state de-jure.
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.
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree according to which the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is simplified. 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.
President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine will grant citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes, and first of all to Russians.
Besides, he said that Russia should not spend their time in vain with their attempts to lure the citizens of Ukraine into getting Russian passports.
Current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the order on the issuance of the Russian passports to the Ukrainian citizens on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk is the attempt to justify and legitimize the military presence of Russia in Donbas.
Ukraine appealed to the UN Security Council after this decision and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko called it to be the daring step, which contradicts the Minsk Agreements.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported that people who get Russian passports will lose their Ukrainian citizenship.