THE GOVERNMENT HAS EXPANDED THE LIST OF RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES THAT ILLEGALLY ISSUE RUSSIAN PASSPORTS WHICH ARE NOT RECOGNIZED IN UKRAINE
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has clarified and expanded the list of government bodies (departments) of the Russian Federation, which issued passports to residents of the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk oblasts and Crimea, that are not recognized in Ukraine.
The corresponding order was adopted at a meeting of the Government at the request of the Ministry for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine.
Russia, grossly violating the principles and norms of international law and Ukrainian legislation, since 2014 has been carrying out forced passportization of Ukrainian citizens in the occupied Crimea, and since April 2019 has been exercising it in the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.
Such steps of the Russian Federation were condemned by Ukraine, the EU, the United States and other countries.
Furthermore, the European Union does not recognize Russian passports issued by the Russian authorities under the simplified procedure to Ukrainian citizens in the occupied Donbas and calls on all OSCE member states to do so.
"The adoption of this regulation will contribute to compliance with the principles and norms of international law by not recognizing passports issued by the Russian Federation under the simplified procedure, the purpose of which is to damage the state sovereignty, territorial integrity and national interests of Ukraine," said Deputy Minister for Reintegration of the Temporary Occupied Territories of Ukraine Rostyslav Zamlynskyi.
Rostyslav Zamlynskyi stressed that the forced passportization of TOT citizens contradicts the requirements of Article 52 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War dated from August 12, 1949 and Article 75 of the Additional Protocol dated from June 8, 1977 (Protocol I). It violates constitutional rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens on temporarily occupied territories. However, Russia continues to expand the list of structures engaged in passportization under the simplified procedure.
According to the annex to the Government's order, the list of Russian authorities engaged in forced passportization has been supplemented with 23 paragraphs. These are offices and departments for migration affairs, migration and passport offices located in Rostov and Krasnodar oblasts.
Let us recall that the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly declared the Russian authorities in Crimea to be illegal. That has been stated in the updated Resolution of the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on Social and Humanitarian Affairs "Human Rights Situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Ukraine".