Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Natalia Nikonorova's comment in view of decree on the simplified procedure for DPR and LPR to obtain RF citizenship

25 April 2019
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The decision of the President of the Russian Federation on the simplified procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for our residents is the most important, long-awaited step for the entire population of the Donetsk People's Republic, which demonstrates the support and care of Russia.

Once again, the Russian Federation authorities confirm their unindifference to the fate of Republics’ inhabitants. Russia remains a state for which such concepts as human rights and freedoms are not an empty phrase. In contrast to the Ukrainian authorities, who not only conduct military operations against their citizens, but also take acts that legally deprive the citizens of Donbass of their rights and freedoms, establish an economic, transport, humanitarian blockade, refuse to pay pensions, and sometimes even directly speak about the necessity of “clearing operation” in our territory.

Observing such a frankly hostile Ukraine’s attitude, the measure taken by the President of the Russian Federation is an objectively vital necessity in today's realities. We are extremely grateful to the Russian state and to President Vladimir Putin for such an important and significant step for all residents of our Republics.