Russia sets 2024 deadline: Dispute in Ukraine over handling of Russian passports

Russia has set a deadline of 2024
Controversy in Ukraine over handling of Russian passports

Russia currently occupies a fifth of Ukraine – Ukrainian residents are due to receive Russian passports by 2024. Within Ukraine itself, there is disagreement on how to tackle this. Some demand cooperation, while others ignore or take flight.

Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk has contradicted Human Rights Commissioner Dmytro Lubinets’ advice that Ukrainians in the occupied territories should accept Russian passports if needed. “Who said the Russians would stay in the temporarily occupied territories for long?” Vereshchuk wrote. telegram. According to him, it is impossible to make Russians out of Ukrainians.

According to the 43-year-old, the lack of “humanitarian corridors” makes it impossible to deport Ukrainians from Russian-controlled areas. He called on Moscow and the International Committee of the Red Cross to allow an orderly evacuation to Ukrainian-controlled territory. Also, the minister’s recommendations for people in the occupied territories remained the same. “Do not accept Russian passports, do not cooperate with the occupation forces, leave the country if possible and wait for the Ukrainian armed forces,” Vereshchuk said.

Earlier, Lubinets approved the acceptance of Russian citizenship, because survival was the main thing for Ukrainians in the regions. Since its invasion 14 months ago, Russia controls a fifth of Ukraine, including the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed in 2014. A new decree by Russian President Vladimir Putin has set a deadline of July 2024 for residents of regions in eastern and southern Ukraine annexed last year to become Russian citizens.

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