Moscow offers Russian citizenship to all Ukrainians | War in Ukraine

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Moscow offers Russian citizenship to all Ukrainians | War in Ukraine

Russian shelling on Kharkiv left 6 dead and 31 injured, according to local authorities. The death toll from Sunday's shelling in Chassiv Yar climbs to 31.

Russian passports made in a Moscow factory (archives)

Russia now offers Russian citizenship to all Ukrainian citizens who wish to obtain it, under a decree signed Monday by President Vladimir Putin.

Citizens of & #x27;Ukraine […] have the right to apply for citizenship of the Russian Federation under the simplified procedure, reads this document published on Monday.

Moscow is thus considerably expanding a measure that has so far only applied to Ukrainians in territories conquered since the start of the conflict on February 24.

This concerned residents of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions in eastern Ukraine, whose independence Moscow recognized just before the start of the conflict, and those of the Kherson regions and Zaporizhia.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry was quick to strongly condemn the decree signed by the ruler of the Kremlin.

“The mentioned decision constitutes a new encroachment on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, incompatible with the norms and principles of international law. »

— statement from the Ukrainian diplomacy

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This is not the first time that Russia has done this to citizens of independent countries, but which were once part of the Soviet sphere of influence.< /p>

It has long offered Russian citizenship to citizens of the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Georgia, and Transnistria, Moldova.

The Ukrainian army on Monday reported heavy shelling throughout eastern Ukraine, but acknowledged that Russian troops were not attempting to make advances on the ground. This pause has been in effect since the fall of Lyssychansk, the last city that escaped the Russian army in Luhansk province.

The enemy in our operational zone remains behind defense lines, does not advance by land, does not have the possibilities and capabilities to create new strike groups, the Southern Operational Command said.

Russian bombs continued to fall on Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, on Monday.

In Kharkiv, in the northeast, civilian buildings – a shopping center and housing – came under enemy fire. Several missiles hit houses. Garages and cars were also destroyed, said regional governor Oleg Synegoubov.

“At approximately 10 a.m. (local time), the aggressor country fired artillery from multiple rocket launcher systems into residential areas. 31 people were injured, including two children aged 4 and 16. Six civilians, including a 17-year-old boy and his father, were killed.

— statement from the Kharkiv regional prosecutor's office

The Russian Ministry of Defense for its part maintained that the Russian forces had struck areas of deployment of Ukrainian troops and foreign fighters in the Kharkiv region. She also said she targeted in Dnipro, central Ukraine, ammunition depots used to fuel rocket launchers and cannons supplied by Western countries.

The Ukrainian army general staff has also warned that Russian forces are preparing to intensify combat operations in the direction of Kramatorsk and Bakhmout, two key cities in the Donetsk region, in eastern Ukraine.

At least 31 people died in the Russian strike that hit this apartment building in Chassiv Yar on Sunday, according to the most recent report from local authorities.

In Chassiv Yar, northeast of Kramatorsk, the death toll from Sunday's bombing of an apartment building has risen to 31, according to the local branch of the Ukrainian Emergency Service. Nine people were also rescued.

The Russian occupation administration of the Ukrainian region of Kherson, captured by Moscow at the start of the war, said on Monday thwarting an attempted attack on its leader, Vladimir Saldo. According to her, residents reported an improvised explosive device planted on a road that her vehicle was to take.

Ukrainian terrorists are trying to prevent the return of peace to the Kherson region, the administration denounced on its Telegram account, posting a photo purporting to show the explosive in question.

Earlier in the day, occupation authorities in the Zaporizhia region claimed to have shot dead a Ukrainian saboteur who machine-gunned the home of an official in the Melitopol district, without hurting him.

During the night, the saboteur shot at the official's house, then he tried to hide in a wooded area on the outskirts of Melitopol. […] When he was arrested, he resisted by opening fire. Then he was mortally wounded in return, a representative of the occupation, Vladimir Rogov, said on Telegram.

Since the conquest of a large part of the regions of Kherson and part of that of Zaporijia, the Kremlin is conducting a policy of Russification there with a view to possible annexation. Moscow has introduced the ruble there and is encouraging residents to receive Russian passports.

The Ukrainian army has been carrying out a counter-offensive on the Kherson front for weeks, while the bulk of Russian troops are deployed in Eastern Ukraine. kyiv managed to regain ground and move closer to Kherson, a large city of 290,000 people, but failed to break through the Russian defenses deeply.

With information from Agence France-Presse , and Reuters

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