Peter, Porosencova: Reuters
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko withdrew from the Verkhovna Rada introduced the bill No. 8297, providing for the termination of received Russian passports to residents of Crimea, Ukrainian citizenship. Information about the revocation of the document appeared on the website of the Ukrainian Parliament on Wednesday, may 16.
The corresponding changes in the status of the bill is dated today. On 19 April, the document status was established by the President of Ukraine as urgent.
The Ukrainian leader proposed to Supplement the law “On citizenship of Ukraine” situation, which will allow to deprive of the Ukrainian citizenship of Crimean residents received Russian passports. In the text of the draft law stated that “the grounds for loss of Ukrainian citizenship is the acquisition of citizenship of Russia as a result of the unlawful and unfair acts in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and city of Sevastopol”.
On 24 April, the representative of the President of Ukraine in the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Lutsenko explained that the bill Poroshenko does not provide for the withdrawal of passports of persons involved in elections or serve in the army of another country “under duress”. According to the plan Poroshenko, deprived of the citizenship of Ukraine must be “persons who, taking advantage of certain features, participate in the elections of another country, or, for example, can serve in the army of another country,” explained Lutsenko.
She noted that the draft law provides that “full responsibility for the pressure, harassment, coercion of Ukrainian citizens living in Crimea, the illegal action must bear of the Russian Federation”. “Consequently, the likely acquisition of citizenship [ … ] Ukrainians, who live in the area under pressure from the aggressor, will not be considered a violation of Ukrainian legislation and these citizens as an exception, would not be expected to lose citizenship of Ukraine”, — she added.
Crimea became part of Russia after the March 2014 referendum in which the majority of voters the people of the region supported this decision. Kiev continues to consider the Peninsula as its territory, which Russia temporarily occupied.
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