The US pointed out the dangers of issuing Russian passports to residents of Donbass

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The results the residents of Donbas Russian citizenship causes damage to the Minsk agreements. This view was made by the special representative of the United States Ukraine Kurt Volker in Twitter.

“Russia must fulfil its Minsk commitments. The issuing of Russian passports to Ukrainian citizens — a direct challenge to the spirit of the Minsk agreements and the extent of endangering all efforts to bring peace to Ukraine”, — reads the post of a diplomat.

On 18 July the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky ordered to respond to the Russian move symmetrically: to develop a program where ethnic Ukrainians from other countries will be able to receive a Ukrainian passport under the facilitated scheme.

17 July the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on simplification of obtaining Russian citizenship by all inhabitants of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.

According to a new document, to apply for the issuance of Russian passports in a simplified manner can the citizens of Ukraine and persons without citizenship having permission for temporary residence or residence permit in Russia, and a refugee certificate or a certificate of temporary asylum.

Putin informed his two Executive orders on April 24 and may 1, ordered to facilitate the issuance of Russian citizenship to inhabitants of Donbass, and Ukrainians who were born or lived in Crimea or Sevastopol and went to joining the Peninsula to Russia. The head of state noted that the measure was taken for humanitarian purposes.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv condemned Russia’s actions, calling the decrees “absurd and destabilizing.”

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