Ukraine to Simplify Ukrainian Citizenship Obtaining
The decision was made in response to Putin’s decree on the accelerated issuance of passports to residents of occupied territories
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered a reform to the process of issuing Ukrainian citizenship in response to Russia’s decision to expand the list of Ukrainian citizens who can obtain a Russian passport in a simplified manner.
A few hours after the Kremlin promulgated the relevant decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine’s Presidential administration announced that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would simplify the procedure for obtaining Ukrainian citizenship for several categories of people, Voice of America reported.
Persons facing violations of human rights and restrictions on freedoms in their home countries, as well as ethnic Ukrainians from the ‘friendly countries’ could obtain Ukrainian passports in a simplified manner.
The administration did not specify which countries are considered to be friendly.
“The president made this decision in connection with … a decree by President Vladimir Putin on the introduction of a simplified procedure for granting Russian citizenship to Ukrainians,” the statement said.
Putin’s decree expanded the list of categories of citizens who can get a Russian passport in an expedited manner. Currently, it includes Ukrainian citizens who are permanently registered in the government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions since April 2014, when a military conflict with pro-Russian militants began.
“This move by the Russian Federation creates additional obstacles to the de-escalation of the conflict and the reintegration of the Donbas region,” the presidential administration stated.
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