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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine on the provocative and unlawful decision by Kremlin to issue Russian passports to Ukrainian citizens in occupied territories
24 April 2019 18:39

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine expresses its resolute protest in relation to the decree of the President of Russian Federation that allows for Russian illegal “passportization” on the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine.

We consider this document legally null and void and it shall not alter the affiliation to Ukrainian citizenship of residents of certain territories of Donbas, occupied by Russia.

Russia, yet another time violating state sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, has taken an intentional step towards destroying the Minsk Agreements, which it is a party to. These actions represent a blatant interference in internal affairs and continuous efforts of Russia’s creeping annexation of Ukrainian Donbas. Their purpose is to destabilize domestic political situation in the post electoral period, it shows Russia’s intention to continue its aggression and confirms its reluctance to deescalate.

Illegal “passportization” of Ukrainian citizens means that Kremlin recognizes its occupation of Ukrainian territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Once again, Russia debunks its own propaganda narrative about the so-called "internal conflict in Ukraine".

Our particular concern is that the practice of illegal “passportization” of the territories occupied by Russia has already been applied by Kremlin in other protracted conflicts as legal and humanitarian pretext for further aggression.

In this regard, we demand that the Kremlin regime abolishes this outrageous decision, and call on the international community to respond by increasing political, diplomatic and sanctions pressure on the aggressor state.

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