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Deputy Prime Minister Vereshchuk said that the authorities are working on a bill on criminal liability for obtaining Russian citizenship. However, she noted that such a passport could help in the territories not controlled by Kyiv

The Ukrainian authorities are discussing the introduction of criminal liability for obtaining a Russian passport, Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk said in Telegram.

She noted that this issue not so much legal as political.

Vereshchuk explained that, on the one hand, a Russian passport can help ordinary citizens survive in territories not controlled by Kyiv. But on the other hand, she believes, it is difficult to explain such a situation to Ukrainians who are at the front.

“The work on the bill continues, there will still be discussions, but the direction has been set,”— Vereshchuk wrote.

A year ago, a bill was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine to deprive Ukrainian citizenship of those who voluntarily received a Russian passport. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky later urged Donbas residents who consider themselves Russians to move to Russia and accused Moscow of violating international law by issuing passports to them.

In the spring of 2019, for residents of the then-unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, the registration of Russian citizenship was simplified, and in the summer of the same year, President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that allowed all Ukrainians who lived in any area of ​​the Lugansk or Donetsk regions of Ukraine to apply for Russian citizenship in a simplified manner. .

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmitry Kuleba called Putin's decision to grant Russian citizenship to all Ukrainian citizens “another encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, incompatible with the norms and principles of international law.”

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