Government Minister Ostap Semerak notes that Ukrainian citizens who are being coerced into obtaining Russian passports will remain citizens of Ukraine.

Ukraine passportAs announced by Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers, Ostap Semerak, Ukraine continues to recognize Crimeans that are to receive Russian passports as citizens of Ukraine. “Ukrainian citizens who are being coerced into obtaining Russian passports remain citizens of Ukraine. This contradicts the law of Ukraine because Ukraine does not recognize dual citizenship, but in this instance, with a part of Ukrainian territory having been seized and residents forced into accepting passports of a neighboring country, it will be recognized.”

On Tuesday in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement with the self-proclaimed authorities of Crimea on Crimea’s and Sevastopol’s accession to Russia based on the results of an illegal referendum. He has also asked Russia’s Parliament to confirm the annexation of this part of the territory of Ukraine. Moscow asserts that Russia’s invasion into Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea is “consistent with international law.”

Most of the international community considers Moscow’s actions to grossly violate the very foundations of international law.


Translated by Alya Shandra, edited by Lesia Stangret

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