THE GOVERNMENT MADE RESOLUTION TO INVALIDATE SOME PASSPORTS ISSUED BY RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Today, the Government, at the suggestion of the MTOT, approved Decree* on recognizing passport documents issued by authorized bodies of a foreign state as invalid, as well as changes to the Procedure** for registration passport documents of foreigners and stateless persons at crossing pointsacross State border
Decreeof the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine defines a list of authorized divisions of the Russian Federation, that issue passport documents, in particular, those that are in Pokrovske village and Novoshakhtinsk city, Rostov oblast.Documents issued by these divisions, Ukraine will recognize as invalid.
This decision was made by the Government in response to the illegal Decree by the President of the Russian Federation on issuing passports to residents of the temporarily occupied part of Donbass.By this Decree, the Russian Federation once again violated the norms of international law and compromised national interests of Ukraine.
Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons Vadym Chernysh:
«The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine will respond to the illegal andillegitimate issuance of passports by the Russian Federation to citizens of the temporarily occupied Donbas. There is every reason for this: a violation of international law, the national interests of Ukraine and the threat to state sovereignty. The relevant Government Decree provides a list of authorized divisions of the Russian Federation, that issue passport documents, namely, those divisions that are located in in Pokrovske village and Novoshakhtinsk city, Rostov oblast. The documents issued by these divisions in these localities, Ukraine will recognize as invalid».
The Minister also noted that the Government will conduct explanatory work with international partners so that the relevant decisions on the invalidation of passport documents are made by foreign states.Similar decisions have already been taken by international partners, which do not recognize passports issued by the Russian Federation to residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea.In addition, the Minister noted that papers are under preparation for personal sanctions enforcement:
«We know the list of persons who are directly involved in illegal actions to issue passports to Ukrainian citizens and, in fact, to illegal actions to pressure and coerce citizens to obtain such documents.We now are preparing a list of such officials of the Russian Federation to whom personal sanctions should be applied in cooperation with international partners».
*Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine «On the recognition of passport documents issued by the authorized bodies of a foreign state as invalid»
** Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine «On amendments to the Procedure for registering passport documents of foreigners and stateless persons at crossingpoints acrossState border»