War in Ukraine: 25 Kherson residents receive Russian passports

Russia distributed its first passports on Saturday in this city in southern Ukraine, which has been occupied since the start of the Russian invasion.

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Russia on Saturday (June 11th) handed over its first passports to residents of Kherson, a city occupied by Moscow troops in southern Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported. According to the official TASS news agency, 25 residents of Kherson received during a ceremony a Russian passport, a “simplified procedure” allowed thanks to a decree signed at the end of May by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“All our residents of Kherson want to get a [Russian] passport and citizenship as soon as possible,” Vladimir Saldo, head of the pro-Russian administration in the region, was quoted by TASS as saying during the ceremony. “It's a new era that opens for us […] It is the most important document that a person has in his life,” he later told the Ria Novosti agency. According to pro-Russian authorities in Kherson, the date of the issuance of these first Russian passports was chosen to coincide with the Russia Day holiday, June 12, a holiday celebrating the country's independence.

A “Legally void” decree for kyiv

The Kherson region was almost completely conquered by the Russian army at the start of its offensive launched on February 24. The decree signed by the Kremlin at the end of May, authorizing pro-Russian local authorities to issue passports to residents, also concerned the Zaporizhia region partly controlled by Moscow.

Ukraine had denounced the establishment of this special procedure, citing a “flagrant violation” of its territorial integrity. “The Russian presidential decree is legally void and will have no consequences” on “the membership of the inhabitants of the territories temporarily occupied by Russia to Ukrainian citizenship”, had indicated the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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