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WAR IN UKRAINE

800,000 in eastern Ukraine have received Russian passport since 2019

The Russian rouble is also to be introduced as a means of payment
21 May 2022, Ukraine, Kramatorsk: Elderly women sit on swings in a playground in front of their damaged houses in Kramatorsk. Kramatorsk is a city in the Donetsk region known for its metallurgical industry, particularly the production of iron and steel. Photo: Rick Mave/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa.
Elderly women sit on swings in a playground in front of their damaged houses in Kramatorsk, in the Donetsk region. Photo: Rick Mave/dpa.

More than 800,000 people in the eastern Ukrainian separatist regions have received Russian citizenship through a simplified procedure over the past three years, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

Only just 1% of the applications from residents of the self-proclaimed people's republic of Luhansk and Donetsk were rejected, TASS reported citing the Russian Interior Ministry.

In 2019, Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin issued a decree facilitating passport issuance for people in the Donbass region.

Passports are also to be distributed in areas occupied by Russian troops since the beginning of the war in February.

The Russian rouble is also to be introduced as a means of payment.

800,000 in eastern Ukraine have received Russian passport since 2019
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