The decree of the Verkhovna Rada No. 2713-VIII on appeal to the international community urging to condemn Russia’s decision to facilitate the issuance of Russian passports to the residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas was published in Voice of Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Parliament condemned Russia’s aggressive actions, stressed the significance of the international agreements and prevention of escalation in Donbas.
“Putin’s order creates legal conditions to have official grounds to bring Russia’s Armed Forces to Ukraine. This is because Russian legislation allows deployment of armed forces to protect Russian citizens beyond Russia,” the MPs noted.
This order recognizes Putin’s order as “void and as such which can not change the fact that the residents of occupied Donbas belong to the Ukrainian citizenship”.
Therefore, Verkhovna Rada called for condemning Russia’s actions which violate state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, human rights, for consolidating joint efforts in countering aggressive behavior of Russia. Ukraine’s Parliament urges to enhance international sanctions against Russia.
On May 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting the right to a simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship to certain categories of citizens of Ukraine.
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.
President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky stated that Ukraine will grant citizenship to representatives of all peoples suffering from authoritarian and corrupt regimes, and first of all to Russians.
Besides, he said that Russia should not spend their time in vain with their attempts to lure the citizens of Ukraine into getting Russian passports.
Current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that 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.
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.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs reported that people who get Russian passports will lose their Ukrainian citizenship.