Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree on granting Ukrainian citizenship to foreigners who took part in defending the country's territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence.

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In particular, the citizenship of Ukraine was granted to Dmitry Belogortsev, David Gachechiladze, Abdul Jalil, Tachi Jafarov, Rudolf Yegorenko, Tengiz Zanadze, Giorgi Kakhniashvili, Valery Kolot, Merab Koncelidze, Mamuka Muzashvili, Yuri Savilov, Levani Khutsishvili, Arslanbek Karimov and Yulia Tolopa, the presidential press service said in a statement on June 28.

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According to the president, these are the first decisions on granting Ukrainian citizenship to those who defended the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The next will be adopted after receipt of materials from the Migration Service and their consideration in the prescribed manner.

Zelensky assured that he will not artificially slow down or delay this process, as it was before.