- Over 1,000 DPR Residents Received Russian Passports in Past 2 Weeks - Migration Service
Over 1,000 DPR Residents Received Russian Passports In Past 2 Weeks - Migration Service
Over 1,000 people, residing in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), have received Russian passports over the past two weeks, the DPR Interior Ministry's migration service told Sputnik Friday
"Over 1,000 DPR residents have received their [Russian] passports," a migration official said.
In late April, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree allowing people from DPR and neighboring Luhansk People's Republic in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region to obtain Russian citizenship in a simplified manner. According to the president, the measure is humanitarian and meant to protect people's rights.
Donbas, an area with a predominantly Russian-speaking population, has been engulfed in conflict since 2014, when the Ukrainian authorities unleashed a military operation against the self-proclaimed republics that refused to recognize the new government in Kiev, which came to power after what they considered to be a coup.