Russian-led occupiers will start issuing Russian passports to residents of the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" ("DPR" and "LPR").
As reported by the WarGonzo Telegram channel, the information allegedly came from sources in the "DPR People's Council" and "the security forces of the republic."
The procedure will allegedly start in April and will cover primarily "civil servants" and pensioners.
The basis for the issuance will be a draft simplified system for obtaining citizenship for compatriots, which was developed and approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018.
"At present, about half a million passport blanks have already been delivered to the territory. It has not yet been clarified whether these are Russian internal passports or those for foreign travel, as was in the case with Abkhazia and South Ossetia," the report said.