Poroshenko Condemns Kremlin Move to Make Residents of Occupied Territories Citizens
Poroshenko called on the international community to respond to the Kremlin move
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called on the international community to respond to Russia’s illegal decisions to simplify the granting of Russian citizenship to residents of the occupied Donbas territories.
“I urge international partners to prevent the worst scenario, to harshly condemn the destructive and criminal actions of the Russian authorities, as well as to strengthen the regime of international sanctions ,” Poroshenko said, the press service of the AP reported.
Poroshenko instructed the Foreign Ministry to immediately initiate discussion of this issue within the framework of the United Nations Security Council, as well as other international formats, in particular in the OSCE and the European Union.
“The Russian Federation has again crossed the red lines and frankly and brazenly torpedoes the peace process in the Donbas. Holding fake elections in 2014 and 2018, the introduction of the ruble zone, the expropriation of Ukrainian enterprises, the official recognition of documents issued by illegal bodies that the Russian side has done in recent years, ” Poroshenko said.
The Kremlin deliberately violates international humanitarian law, prohibiting the occupying power to change the citizenship of the inhabitants of the occupied territories, Poroshenko said.
“Illegal issuance of passports of the Russian Federation according to the so-called South Ossetian and Transnistrian scenarios is an attempt to justify and legitimize Russia’s military presence in the occupied part of the Ukrainian Donbas,” Poroshenko said.