U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker called Ukrainian government to support the citizens of Donbas, who suffered from the Russian aggression. Volker wrote this Twitter.
“The people in Russia-controlled eastern Ukraine are Ukrainian citizen,” Volker emphasized.
Besides, according to the U.S. Special Representative, it is the duty of the Ukrainian government to do everything possible to support those people and alleviate the suffering caused by Russian aggression.
Earlier, we reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree which facilitates the procedure of obtaining 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.
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.