East Human Rights Group says 164,340 Ukrainians in Donbas have Russian passports

09:00, 26.01.21 – UNIAN

The illegal expedited procedure was used.

More than 164,000 Ukrainians living in Russia-occupied territories in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, have already received Russian passports. This was reported by the East Human Rights Group on Facebook on January 25.

“According to our sources in the certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as our employees (monitors) in the areas, 164,340 citizens of Ukraine have received passports of the Russian Federation issued via the expedited procedure,” it said.

In particular, 68,300 Russian passports were issued in the occupied part of Luhansk region and 95,930 passports in the occupied part of Donetsk region as of November 2020.

“People who live in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government and registered [there] as internally displaced persons but with Ukrainian passports mentioning their residence registration in the certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions are also given passports of the Russian Federation, however they are handled in a separate line during the registration,” the human rights activists explained.

The Migration Service of the Russian Federation in Rostov region records the actual place of residence of persons with such Russian passports.

East Human Rights Group experts believe that this is the way the Russian Federation gets ready for the political destabilization of the situation in Ukraine and escalation of the war in Donbas.

“At least, the Russian Federation will for sure declare about the protection of the rights of its citizens in Ukrainian territory,” they said.

Russian passports in Donbas

  • In April 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the expedited procedure to issue Russian passports to residents of temporarily occupied Donbas.
  • Later, he said Russia could simplify the procedure for obtaining citizenship for all Ukrainians, and not just for those who live in the occupied districts of eastern Ukraine.
  • Two centers for issuing Russian passports to residents of the occupied districts of Luhansk and Donetsk regions were opened in Russia’s Rostov region.
  • The Kremlin claims Russian passports are issued to residents of the temporarily occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions because “ethnic Russians live there,” and Russia will continue to protect them.
  • Last year, Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers expanded the list of Russian passports that are not recognized by the Ukrainian side.


  1. I think I remember earlier last year that the fascist occupiers were predicting over a million passports would be forced on Ukrainians. They must have run out of stooges or they have all left the region. If the latter is the case then 80 – 90% have left. Is that possible? No wonder they are finally ready for another fake referendum. I certainly hope if any Ukrainians in the future support a referendum in Donbas it would include displaced Ukrainians.

  2. Anybody with RF PPs should be deported. Owning such TP is treason in times of war. So, when the war is over get the fuck out of Ukraine!!!

  3. It’s the standard business model of this filthy fascist power. Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Estonia etc. They’ve got plenty in the ‘stans’ too, should they feel like an invasion. Which they would do if any of the putler-type dictators they have there get overthrown.

    • It’s also Hungary’s business model. They handed passports to more than 100.000 people in Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine. They, the ruskies and turks use their ‘citizens’ as a weapon.

      • Worth noting that the UN brokered a peace deal where Turkey actually agreed for North Cyprus to rejoin Greek Cypriot Cyprus. The Greek Cypriots made the very reasonable point that all Turkish Cypriots who were living there at the time of the invasion can remain, but all the ones inserted there putler-style after the invasion must permanently return to Turkey. The deal went down the shitter.
        But that is what must happen with Donbas and Crimea. All the displaced must be compensated fully and allowed to return and and all the ones put there by putler must go back to their shithole. That has to be the basis of any future settlement.

        • I agree with you that that’s a noble goal but how far back do you go? The evil Kremlinals have been transplanting Moskali into Ukraine for decades if not longer. It may be best to just deny them any semblance of Moskali nationalism. Take their language, take their passports, close the border and trade with Mordor, melt down the Lenin statues to make bullets and make them want to go home.

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