Putin accelerates the procedures for granting citizenship to the people of southern Ukraine .. and Kiev denounces

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree facilitating the procedures for obtaining a Russian passport for the population of the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions of southern Ukraine.

Kiev denounced the matter, saying the plan to grant Russian passports was a “blatant violation” of Ukrainian sovereignty.

Kiev said on Wednesday that Moscow’s plan to make it easier for Ukrainians living in Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine to obtain Russian citizenship violated international law and accused the Kremlin of “criminal” behavior.

“Illegal issuing of passports is a flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the rules and principles of international humanitarian law,” said the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. in a note.

The Kherson region in southern Ukraine is under full control of Russian forces, while Moscow partially controls the Zaporizhia region, located in the southeast.

Moscow and pro-Moscow officials said the two regions will become part of Russia.

The decree, released Wednesday, follows a 2009 decree that allows for similar measures to be accelerated for the people of the separatist “republics” of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine.

Applicants are not required to have resided in Russia, nor to provide proof that you have sufficient funds or that you have passed a Russian language exam.

Hundreds of thousands of citizens of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions have already received Russian passports.

On Monday, the Kherson authorities announced the adoption of the ruble as the official currency along with the Ukrainian hryvnia.

On Thursday, Moscow-appointed officials announced the same measure in some parts of the Zaporizhia region.

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