Ukraine should officially recommend Russian citizens leave occupied Donbas – official
Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Yuriy Hrymchak says Ukraine's Foreign Ministry should officially recommend that all Russian citizens leave Russian-occupied Donbas, also known as the ORDLO.
"I think Ukraine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs should issue a security alert that it is dangerous for the life and health of citizens of the Russian Federation to stay in ORDLO territory and should recommend they leave the territory," the official said on TV Channel Pryamiy.
"It will be a safeguard measure so that Russian troops will not come to protect Russian citizens in ORDLO territory tomorrow," he added.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin on April 24 signed a decree on the expedited procedure for the issue of Russian passports to residents of temporarily occupied Donbas.
On April 27, Putin said Russia could simplify the procedure for granting Russian citizenship to all Ukrainians – not only to those who reside in Russia-occupied districts in the east of Ukraine.