RVladimir Putin, the Russian President signed Monday a decree expanding access to Russian citizenship for all Ukrainians.
Until recently, only residents of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as residents of the southern Zaporizhzhia and the Kherson regions, large parts of which are under Russian control, were eligible for the simplified procedure.
Between 2019, when the procedure was first introduced for the residents of Donetsk and Luhansk, and this year more than 720,000 residents of the rebel-held areas in the two regions—about 18% of the population—have received Russian passports.
Three months ago, Russia invaded Ukraine. In May, the Zaporizhzhia-Khorar region residents were also offered the fast track procedure. According to reports, the first Russian passports had been issued there a month before.
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