International Desk: For the first time, locals in the Russian-controlled Kherson and Zaporizhia regions of Ukraine have been issued Russian passports.
An Interfax news agency quoted an administrative official in Moscow as saying.
According to the Russian news agency Interfax, 25 locals in the Kherson region received Russian passports on Saturday.
“Today, for the first time, Kherson residents have been issued Russian passports,” said a media officer with the Moscow-appointed “military-civilian administration” in the region. Passports are being issued to those who first apply for Russian citizenship. “
The passport was issued ahead of Russia Day. Russia Day will be celebrated on June 12.
Meanwhile, Vladimir Rozov, a member of the Moscow-appointed administration in the Zaporizhia region, told the Ria Novosti news agency that Russian passports had been issued to residents of the Zaporizhia region through a ceremony in Melitopol.
However, he did not mention the number of people who have received Russian passports.
“It’s a memorable and historic event for us,” he said. Our next step is to return home to Russia. “
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on May 25 allowing residents of the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions of Ukraine to apply for Russian passports.