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Russian MP calls occupied Donbas "special subjects" of Russian Federation

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian counterparts who reside in Ukraine must unite in a "powerful pro-Russian movement", Andrey Kozenko said
10:36, 20 January 2020

Kozenko Andrei, Russian MP
strana.ua

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.

Related: SBU to put in maximum effort to release all Ukrainian detainees from occupied Donbas, - Bakanov

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.

Related: How many people were actually released from occupied Donbas during the war?

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