The European Commission condemns the order on the issuance of the Russian passports to the Ukrainian citizens of Donbas, as is reported on the EU website.
“We condemn the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of 24 April 2019 establishing a simplified procedure to apply for Russian citizenship and therefore to apply for Russian passports for those persons who permanently reside in certain areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” the report said.
According to thae statement, the Russian decree is unacceptable and once again demonstrates the Russian authorities’ lack of respect for the sovereignty of Ukraine and the international law. It also shows Russia’s continuous intentions to destabilize Ukraine.
“We remain committed to supporting Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and ask Russia to implement their commitments under the Minsk Agreements,” the report added.
As it was reported, 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.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported that people who get Russian passports will lose their Ukrainian citizenship.