227,000 residents of occupied Donbas territories receive Russian passports in 2019

Source : 112 Ukraine

Some citizens of Ukraine returned back to their homeland after receiving Russian citizenship
12:24, 28 January 2020

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Last year, Russian passports were given to 227,000 inhabitants of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. This was reported by Valentina Kazakova, the head of the Main Directorate for Migration of Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, Izvestia reported.

"In 2019, 227,000 residents of these territories (temporarily occupied territories – 112 international.) acquired Russian citizenship. A separate unit was created in Rostov, which receives documents for citizenship and processes them," Kazakova said.

Related: Government simplifies acquisition of citizenship for Donbas volunteers

It is worth noting that comparing to previous years, in 2019, the number of Ukrainians who received Russian citizenship has more than doubled. For example, in 2018, 83,8 thousand Ukrainians received a Russian passport, and in 2017 – 85,100 people.

As we reported earlier, in 2019, 1,100 foreigners, mostly Russians, got the citizenship of Ukraine, as Ukrainian News informed.

“During 2019, 1,090 people were granted the citizenship of Ukraine by orders of the President of Ukraine,” the message reads.

Related: More than 200 thousand Ukrainians receive Russian citizenship in 2019



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