Over 950,000 citizens of occupied territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions got the Ukrainian biometric passports for traveling abroad, as Deutsche Welle reported citing Ukraine’s State Migration Service.
As of the mid of February, the State Migration Service processed and issued 950,405 foreign passports to the citizens of occupied Donbas.
“As of February 2020, over 950,000 citizens registered in occupied Donbas got the biometric passports for traveling abroad. Moreover, over 16,000 citizens of occupied crime got them,” the message said.
As of February 12, 150,466 foreign passports were issued to the Ukrainians, registered in Crimea or Sevastopol.
As we reported, Russian passports were given to 227,000 inhabitants of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2019.
April 24, Russian President Putin signed the decree, which simplified the procedure of obtaining Russian citizenship for the residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. May 1, he signed another document that extended the right to get the Russian citizenship under the simplified procedure for other categories of Ukrainians, including the natives of Crimea and their relatives.
On June 14, it was reported that the citizens of occupied Donbas began to get the passports of the Russian Federation. These IDs were registered in the simplified order in accordance with the April order of the Russian president.
Head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli stated that the EU leaders will discuss the issuance of the Russian passports to the citizens of occupied Donbas soon.