Russian passports, issued to residents of the occupied Donbas are "worthless pieces of paper". Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this in his interview for the Ukrinform news agency.
"Issuing these passports, Russia rudely breaches the international law, so they mean nothing to us", Kuleba stated.
At the same time, he urged to be careful when assessing this move and the people who choose to accept Russian citizenship in the occupied territory.
"Some take them for ideological reasons because they support Russia "right till the victorious end". Some get Russian passports relying on certain benefits in everyday life: they want to leave this place, to cross the border, and to get some payments. Some think of their security, fearing to find themselves on the "blacklist", in case they don't get the document offered by Russia", the Minister explained.
Thus, the head of the Foreign Ministry claimed that one should not be evaluating all residents of occupied Donbas indiscriminately.
"The key thing is totally different here; from the legal point of view, these are totally worthless pieces of paper, and the practice of issuing them should come to an end. So, we are working with the international society, with our partners, so that they do not recognize these passports, and so that we apply pressure on Russia for it to stop this practice", the top-level Ukrainian diplomat said.