Issuance Of Russian Passports To Donbas Residents Starts In Russia's Rostov - Official
Muhammad Irfan 12 days ago Fri 14th June 2019 | 06:01 PM
The issuance of Russian passports to Donbas residents started in the Russian southern Rostov region on the border with Ukraine, Konstantin Rozin, the head of the press service of the regional branch of the Russian Interior Ministry, told Sputnik on Friday
In April, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order, which stated that residents from some districts of Donbas were entitled "to a fast-track procedure," when applying for Russian citizenship on humanitarian grounds.
"The issuance of Russian passports to residents of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) has begun. At the same time, the first passports were also issued to residents of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) in [the city of] Novoshakhtinsk," Rozin said.
Donbas, an area with a predominantly Russian-speaking population, has been engulfed in conflict since 2014. Back then, the Ukrainian authorities unleashed a military operation against the self-proclaimed republics in the region that refused to recognize the new government in Kiev, which came to power after what they considered to be a coup.