While Ukraine is realizing the country’s got a new president, Russia is acting. President Putin has offered Russian citizenship to residents of Moscow-backed breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine. Such a step has infuriated Kiev, said Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin.
The fate of the Ukrainian war-torn eastern part became the special concern for Russia, which decided to offer the Russian citizenship to residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” days after Volodymyr Zelensky’s election as a new President of Ukraine. despite the prognosis that Mr Zelensky will take a softer stance on the frozen conflict, such Kremlin’s decision infuriated the official Kiev.
Ukraine’s foreign minister Pavlo Klimkin labelled the decision a “continuation of aggression and interference in our internal affairs” and urged the residents of eastern Ukraine not to accept the passports. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin said Russia has no intention to create additional problems for the new Ukrainian power. The Russian leader called a new decree as “purely a humanitarian issue” but added that Donetsk and Luhansk natives “are deprived of all possible civil rights”.
Ukraine is experiencing very tough times, this European country’s economy is almost collapsed, and according to the international monetary fund, Ukraine topped the rating of the poorest countries in Europe in 2018. no need to surprise that under such non-stop worsening conditions, some 3 million Ukrainians have gone to Russia.
Russian citizenship for residents of the eastern part of Ukraine is a reality
Mr Putin said the new law is “purely a humanitarian issue”. In a decree published on Wednesday, President Putin announced a “simplified process” for residents of “separate districts” of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions to obtain Russian citizenship. Since 2014, two “people’s republics” have been propped up by troops and arms from the Russian military and cash from the Russian budget.
This clearly refers to areas seized by separatists after protests ousted a pro-Russian president in Kiev, many hoping Russia would annex their region like Crimea.
The decree is aimed at people living in the unrecognised ‘people republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk, seized by Russian-backed separatists in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine.