The Russian Federation has started calling up the residents of the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions who had received Russian passports for military services. The potential for issuing passports of the Russian Federation continues to grow in these territories now. The ombudsman representative in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions Pavlo Lysyansky stated this.

According to him, Russia has been actively distributing its passports in the occupied Donbas since 2019.

“Today, issuing of Russian passports is growing there. As human rights activists report to me, there are already citizens who have received them and are being drafted into the Russian Federation Armed Forces,” Lysyansky said.

At the same time, according to him, a neighbouring state passport does not give its owner social guarantees, such as a Russian pension. But men who live in the occupied territories and have Russian citizenship have to serve in the Russian army.

To recap, it was reported that Ukraine expanded the list of unrecognised passports of the Russian Federation. In particular, documents issued in the Rostov and Krasnodar regions are no longer recognised.

Besides, Deputy General Prosecutor of Ukraine Gunduz Mamedov stated that our state will not persecute residents of the occupied Donbas territories and annexed Crimea who received Russian passports.

Bohdan Marusyak

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