Andrei Kozenko, the lawmaker of Russia's State Duma from the annexed Crimea claimed that the areas of temporarily occupied Donbas are "special subjects" of the Russian Federation. The video with his comment is published on the Union TV company's YouTube channel, Strana.ua reports.
"We're publicly saying that Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics are today special subjects of the Russian Federation", he stated.
Apart from that, he said that Russian counterparts who reside in Ukraine must unite in a "powerful pro-Russian movement".
Earlier this month, the Russian Interior Ministry reported that in 2019, 196,000 residents of temporarily occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions received Russian passports under the simplified procedure. At that, 232 appeals were declined.