UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres commented on the decision of the Russian authorities to issue the passport of the Russian Federation to the citizens of Ukraine in occupied territories of Donbas as Ukrinform reported.
“We expect that all responsible persons will act in accordance with letter and spirit of the Minsk Agreements approved by the Security Council and all issues will be solved using the constructive dialogue in the present formats,” the Secretary-General added.
He added that the UN underlines its commitment to the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
On April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree which facilitates the procedure of obtaining the Russian citizenship for the residents of the occupied regions of Donetsk and Luhansk (ORDLO). According to the document, the application for Russia’s citizenship, which ORDLO residents file should be considered within three months.
Ukraine appealed to the UN Security Council after this decision and Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko called it to be the daring step, which contradicts the Minsk Agreements.
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.