Putin Simplifies Russian Citizenship Process for Eastern Ukrainians

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin denounced Russia's move
Putin Simplifies Russian Citizenship Process for Eastern Ukrainians
25 April 07:11 2019 Print This Article

President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree making it easier for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine to obtain Russian passports and citizenship.

Starting Wednesday, Russia’s Interior Ministry is instructed to consider applications from eastern Ukraine within three months of submission. Putin enacted the new measures “to protect the human and civil rights and freedoms” of the area’s 3.7 million residents, the Kremlin said.

Putin signed the decree 24 hours after Ukraine’s election commission officially declared political novice Volodymyr Zelenskiy the runaway winner of the country’s presidential elections.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin denounced Russia’s move on Wednesday.

The decision “to issue passports in the occupied Ukrainian territories is the continuation of aggression and interference in our internal affairs,” he tweeted, urging Ukrainians living under occupation not to apply for such passports.

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