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Russia begins issuing passports to residents of occupied Donbas

First 34 people set out to get the IDs, Russian medium reported
14:10, 14 June 2019

State Border Guard of Ukraine

The Russian Federation started to hand its passports over to the residents of the so-called DNR, Donetsk People's Republic. Interfax, Russia's news agency reported this June 14.

'The first 34 residents of Donbas set out to get the Russian passports', reads the message.

Related: Ukraine's MP suggests confiscate possessions of Donbas citizens with Russian passports

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.  

Poland, Canada, France, Latvia and the U.S. condemned Putin's decree.

During the approaching G20 Summit in Osaka, EU leaders are supposed to make a statement, in which they'd state they would not recognize the passports that Russian illegally hands to Ukrainian citizens.

Related: U.S. not to recognize Russian passports issued in Donbas, Crimea, - Volker

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