In the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, the occupation authorities began to receive local residents' applications for Russian passports. The press service of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the International organizations in Vienna reports this.
According to the report, the observers of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) registered the fact of receiving applications for the passports of the Russian Federation in occupied Donetsk.
Moreover, the observers noted the presence of the members of Russian media.
“OSCE SMM confirms that Russian occupation authorities started receiving applications for Russian passports in occupied Donetsk. Monitors observed representatives of media present, which corresponds to Russia’s long-established practice of waging propaganda campaigns,” the report said.
As it was reported earlier, Russia wanted to facilitate the process of obtaining Russian citizenship for the residents of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics after presidential elections in Ukraine. Putin’s decree was required for that.
The first center for issuing Russian passports to Luhansk residents opened in Rostov region.
Russian forces, which were deployed in Donbas have been paying efforts to speed up the process of issuing Russian passports to Donbas residents under the simplified procedure.