Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship to certain categories of citizens of Ukraine. The decree "On certain categories of foreign citizens and stateless persons who have the right to apply for the citizenship of the Russian Federation in a simplified manner" was published on the Kremlin website on May 1.
In particular, Ukrainians who do not have citizenship of another state, who were born and permanently residing in Crimea, left the Republic of Crimea until March 18, 2014, as well as their parents and their children, including adopted children, now have such a right.
Ukrainians and stateless persons who have a temporary residence permit in the Russian Federation, a residence permit, a refugee certificate, a certificate of temporary asylum in the territory of the Russian Federation or a certificate of participation in the State program on the voluntary resettlement in the Russian Federation of compatriots living abroad permanently residing in the territories of certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine as of April 7, 2014 and April 27, 2014, respectively, as well as their children, including adopted, spouses and parents can also obtain Russian citizenship under the simplified procedure.
The document says that the decree was signed "in order to protect human and civil rights and freedoms, guided by generally accepted principles and norms of international law, in accordance with Article 29 of the Federal Law of May 31, 2002 No. 62-FZ" On Citizenship of the Russian Federation ".
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree according to which the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of Donetsk and Luhansk regions is simplified. Applications for entry into citizenship of the Russian Federation, which are received from residents of ORDLO, should be considered no more than three months from the date of submission.
Zelensky, in response, said that Ukraine would grant citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes, and first of all to the Russians.
Zelensky also said that Russia should not waste time trying to seduce Ukrainian citizens with Russian passports.
The current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, said that the issuance of Russian passports in the Donbas is an attempt to justify and legitimize Russia's military presence in the occupied part of Ukraine. Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine is preparing a new package of sanctions.
Ukraine appealed to the UN Security Council after Russia simplified the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship. The representative of Ukraine at the UN called it a bold step, contrary to the Minsk agreements.
Putin’s decree was condemned by Poland, Canada, France and the United States.