Ukraine will not recognise Russian passports issued to Donbas residents — PM




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Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

Kiev, – Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman on Wednesday said Kiev will not recognise Russian passports issued to residents of certain areas in Ukraine’s eastern region of Donbas, government press service said.

“We make a decision to determine all passports issued to Ukrainian citizens in territory as a violation of rules of law.

“These passports will be considered illegal,’’ Groysman told a cabinet meeting.

Groysman also urged international community not to accept the Russian documents issued to Donbas residents during the border crossing procedures.

In April, Russian media that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to simplify procedure for obtaining Russian passports by residents of certain areas in Donbas.

According to decree, the move has been taken “in order to protect and freedoms.’’