The Ukrainian Parliament turned to the international community, asking governments and parliaments to blame the Russian Federation's actions aimed at issuing passports for residents of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The respective appeal was sent to the EU member countries, Canada, the United States, as well as the UN, OSCE and the Council of Europe.
230 MPs supported the bill No.10259.
'Thus, the Kremlin once again breached the basic principles of the international law - deliberately and cynically. The previous practice of Russia's illegal use of the citizenship in the occupied territories shows this policy is of forced and discriminative nature, being the instruments of committing crimes against the humanity and entails human rights violations', reads the address.
The Parliament decisively blames Russia's aggressive actions, stating that the defiance of international agreements and escalation of tensions in Donbas are unacceptable.
Ukrainian parliamentarians demand that Russian leader Vladimir Putin cancel the decree on simplification of the issuance of Russian passports for the residents of the so-called 'republics' in Donbas. The document takes effect immediately, on the same day it was issued.