President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin submitted amendments to his decree issued in 2017; the bill stipulates that Russia officially recognizes the documents issued to residents of the occupied areas of Donbas. The bill has been published on the official web portal of legal information of the Russian Federation.
The 2017 edition of the decree claimed that such documents could be recognized only to Ukrainian citizens or people withour citizenship who reside in the occupied Donbas. Russia demanded to provide an ID that would confirm either Ukrainian citizenship or the status of a person without a citizenship. From now on, there is no need to providew such documents, and the papers issued in the occupied Donbas will be recognized regardless the citizenship - or its absence.
The list of documents recognized by Russia includes passports; education certificates; birth, marriage and death certificates; vehicle registrations and registration plates.
Those carrying such documents can now also cross the Russian border. Previously, there was a limit that only allowed Ukrainian citizens and people without citizenship to cross it.
Representatives of the occupant governments of Donetsk and Luhansk "people's republics" claimed that such decision is due to 350,000 residents of occupied Donbas who own Russian passports.