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Zelensky intends to grant citizenship of Ukraine to Russians

He stressed that Ukraine will grant citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes
19:51, 28 April 2019

Reuters

Volodymyr Zelensky who won the presidential election in Ukraine said that this country would grant citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes, and first of all to Russians. He wrote this on his Facebook page.

“We will provide Ukrainian citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes. First of all, to Russians, who today suffer the most, "said Zelensky.

He stressed that Ukraine will not give up its mission to serve as an example of democracy for the post-Soviet countries.

He focused on the fact that part of this mission will be the provision of protection, asylum and Ukrainian citizenship to all who are ready to fight together with the Ukrainians for freedom.

Zelensky also said that Russia should not waste time trying to seduce Ukrainian citizens with Russian passports.

On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that simplifies the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Applications for entry into citizenship of the Russian Federation, which are received from residents of ORDLO, should be considered no more than three months from the date of submission.

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Earlier Volodymyr Zelensky, called for an exchange of prisoners in "all-to-all" format. He stated this on Facebook, commenting on the statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin about the intention to simplify the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship by Ukrainians.

"I emphasize once again that I am ready for negotiations. I hope that at the next meeting in the Normandy format, Russia will demonstrate readiness for de-escalation. A concrete confirmation of this readiness should be the mutual exchange of our citizens in the "all-to-all" format. Without exceptions. We are ready to discuss the new conditions for the coexistence of Ukraine and Russia. With the understanding that real normalization will take place only after full de-occupation of Donbas and Crimea. Ukraine does not give up! In every sense of the word, "wrote Zelensky.

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