The order on the issuance of the Russian passports to the Ukrainian citizens on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk is the attempt to justify and legitimize the military presence of Russia in Donbas. President Petro Poroshenko stated this, broadcasted by 112.Ukraine.
“Illegal issuance of passports of the Russian Federation under the so-called South Ossetia and Transnistrian scenarios is an attempt to justify and legitimize Russia's military presence in the occupied part of the Ukrainian Donbas,” Poroshenko pointed out.
Poroshenko outlined that Russia wants to cease the Mins agreements.
“No doubt that Russia's categorical refusal to support the initiative of Ukraine and the OSCE in introducing the Easter Armistice starting from April 26 is not a coincidence. The purpose of Russia is obvious - to cease the Minsk agreements, which clearly set out their commitment to stop the shelling, to withdraw their troops, to free Ukrainian hostages, and to return control over occupied territories to Ukraine. Moscow yearns to get rid of those conditions as well as the sanctions,” he emphasized.
President called on the international partners not to let the worse scenario, to condemn severely the destructive and criminal actions by the Russian authority and to strengthen the regime of the international sanctions.
Poroshenko called the issuance of the Russian passports to the Ukrainian citizens on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk interference in the internal affairs of the Ukrainian state.
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.