Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Kiev, Donbass

Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy

Ukraine's president offers citizenship to Russian political refugees

Ukraine's president offers citizenship to Russian political refugees

13.8.2019

Ukraine 's president offers citizenship to Russian political refugees

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy signed a decree on Tuesday offering citizenship to Russians suffering political persecution, and also to ...

Zelenskiy had announced such a move last month in response to a Russian decree expanding the number of Ukrainians who can apply for fast-track Russian passports.

Separately Ukraine's state security service declared a Russian consular officer in the western city of Lviv as persona non grata, accusing him of spying. The officer had already left the country, a statement said.

Zelenskiy has prioritised achieving peace in the Donbass region, but days after his election victory in April Russian President Vladimir Putin eased rules for residents of rebel-controlled parts of Donbass to receive passports. In July he extended the offer to government-held areas.

Zelenskiy's decree would apply to citizens of the Russian Federation who had been persecuted for political reasons, a statement on the presidential website said.

The president's Servant of the People party will be the largest in the new parliament following its landslide victory in a snap election in July.

Read more: CNA

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