Putin expands fast-track Russian citizenship course of for all Ukrainians

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday expanded a program that swiftly grants Russian citizenship to all Ukrainians.

Previous to Putin signing the decree, the speedy citizenship course of was solely accessible to these within the japanese Donetsk and Luhansk areas – collectively often called Donbas – and the Russian-controlled southern Zaporizhzhia and Kherson areas. 

From the time this system started in 2019 within the Donetsk and Luhansk areas of Ukraine, greater than 720,000 folks dwelling there have obtained Russian passports. It prolonged to the Zaporizhzhia and Kherson areas in Might of this yr, within the midst of Russia’s invasion.

The expanded provide comes at a time when Russia has been bombarding Ukraine, with the town of Kharkiv getting blasted by three missile strikes in what an area official informed the Related Press was “absolute terrorism.”

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“Only civilian structures — a shopping center and houses of peaceful Kharkiv residents — came under the fire of the Russians. Several shells hit the yards of private houses. Garages and cars were also destroyed, several fires broke out,” Kharkiv regional Gov. Oleh Syniehubov mentioned on Telegram.

Syniehubov mentioned these injured embody youngsters as younger as 4.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the country's transport industry via a video link in Sochi, Russia May 24, 2022. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a gathering on the nation’s transport business by way of a video hyperlink in Sochi, Russia Might 24, 2022. 
(Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin by way of REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.)

Russian forces have been in fixed motion since taking the town of Lysychansk, the final main a part of Luhansk that had been resisting. Whereas analysts had anticipated Russia to take a break at that time to regroup and restock their arms, Ukrainian officers haven’t seen them take any downtime.

Whereas this has meant that Ukrainians haven’t had a respite within the midst of assaults, British army has noticed that this has had a detrimental impact on Russian personnel. Movies posted on-line have led them to imagine that at the least one Russian brigade was “mentally and physically exhausted.”

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The Related Press contributed to this report.

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