United States Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker has said Russia's recent decision to issue passports in Ukraine's Donbas is straight from its "occupation playbook."

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"Donbas is Ukraine and the people there – regardless of preferred language – are Ukrainian. Russia's recent decision to issue passports is highly provocative & is straight from its 'occupation playbook' and undermines efforts to implement Minsk & restore Donbas to Ukrainian control," he wrote on Twitter on April 24, 2019.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 24 signed a decree simplifying the procedure to grant Russian citizenship to people living in Russian-occupied Donbas, eastern Ukraine.