The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine declares it has been working together with the international community to impose sanctions against the Russian Federation over the introduction of a simplified procedure for issuing Russian passports to Ukrainians living in the occupied Donbas.

“The Kremlin regime and its puppets have launched a streamlined procedure of granting Russian citizenship for Ukrainians in the occupied territories of Donbas. An intentionally provocative act that Ukraine and the entire civilized world will never recognize. We are continuing to work on further sanctions against Russia," Press Secretary of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Kateryna Zelenko wrote on Twitter.

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As UNIAN reported earlier, on April 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the simplified granting of Russian passports to residents of the temporarily occupied Donbas.

On April 27, Putin declared that Russia could ease the procedure for obtaining citizenship for any Ukrainians, not just for those living in the occupied territories.