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"The law has only recognized birth and death certificates among the documents issued by the so-called 'authorities' of the occupied parts of Donbas,” said Tuka, adding that his ministry together with the Ministry of Health, with the involvement of the Red Cross, has spent six months to develop a mechanism for the inclusion of these certificates in Ukraine’s legislative field, TV Channel 5 reports,

“Unfortunately, very few parents whose children are born in the occupied territories turn to the only possible way to date, i.e. recognition of their child's birth through court. So, frankly, we're losing a huge number of our newborn citizens as citizens of Ukraine," Tuka said.

Read alsoEU comments on Ukraine’s new Donbas reintegration lawAs UNIAN reported earlier, on January 18, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, passed draft law No. 7163 on special aspects of state policy to ensure Ukraine's state sovereignty in temporarily occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions (the so-called Donbas reintegration bill).

280 people's deputies voted for this decision. On January 16 the parliament began consideration of the bill in the second reading. A total of 673 amendments were considered.