Press "Enter" to skip to content

First Russian Passports Handed Out to Ukrainians in Occupied South: Reports

File photograph: Russian troops guarding an entrance of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Station, a run-of-the-river energy plant on the Dnieper River in Kherson area, southern Ukraine. (Representational Image from AP)

Russia’s TASS company mentioned 23 Kherson residents obtained a Russian passport at a ceremony via a “simplified procedure” facilitated by a decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May

  • AFP Moscow
  • Last Updated:June 12, 2022, 13:07 IST
  • FOLLOW US ON:

Authorities within the Moscow-occupied metropolis of Kherson in southern Ukraine handed out Russian passports to native residents for the primary time on Saturday, information companies reported.

Russia’s TASS company mentioned 23 Kherson residents obtained a Russian passport at a ceremony via a “simplified procedure” facilitated by a decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May.

“All our Kherson residents want to obtain a passport and (Russian) citizenship as soon as possible,” the regional administration’s pro-Moscow chief Vladimir Saldo was quoted as saying by TASS.

“It’s a new era that is beginning for us… It’s the most important document a person can possess in their life,” Saldo informed the RIA Novosti company.

The Kherson authorities mentioned the timing of the passport distribution was chosen with Russia Day in thoughts.

It falls on Sunday and is a public vacation to mark Russia’s independence from the previous Soviet Union. It is an event for a lot of Russians to show nationwide satisfaction.

The Russian military conquered many of the Kherson area at the beginning of its February 24 offensive.

The Kremlin decree authorising the native authorities to grant Russian passports to native residents additionally involved the close by Zaporizhzhia area partly managed by Moscow’s forces.

Ukraine denounced the transfer as a “flagrant violation” of its territorial integrity, saying Putin’s decree was “legally void”.

Read all of the Latest News , Breaking News , watch Top Videos and Live TV right here.

Be First to Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    %d bloggers like this: