Russia has issued over 400,000 of its passports in the occupied Donbas, as well as over 2.5 million in the occupied Crimea. Deputy Prime Minister for the Reintegration of the Occupied Territories Oleksiy Reznikov said this during a briefing.
"About 400 thousand people underwent compulsory Russian passportization in the occupied regions of Donbas. In Crimea, compulsory passportization is total, it affected about 2.5 million Ukrainian citizens," Reznikov said.
Iin January of this year, human rights activists reported that in Donbas the passports of the Russian Federation were illegally issued to over a million citizens of the occupied territories.
Later, the head of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in the Rostov Region, Oleg Agarkov, said that 639 thousand residents of the unrecognized Donbas republics had received Russian citizenship.
Ex-president of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych has accused politicians Petro Poroshenko, Oleksandr Turchynov and Arseniy Yatsenyuk of losses of Crimea by Ukraine and beginning of the Donbas Conflict. Yanukovych’s lawyer Vitaliy Serdyuk published the statement of the former president on Facebook as the Verkhovna Rada adopted regulation #2739 on recognition of the Dignity Revolution as one of the key moments of the Ukrainian state.
“Talking about the annexation of Crimea and war in Donbas, the majority of Ukrainians have already known who is guilty in these terrible crimes. Exactly Maidan, to be exact its leaders, Turchynov, Yatsenyuk, Poroshenko and others did everything to make the Crimeans feel disowned in ‘new’ Ukraine. The language of arms was used for discordant Donbas – Turchynov signed the flagitious order on the beginning of the military actions in the region,” Yanukovych noted.