Russia now recognises Ukrainian passports

2017-02-19 07:11
A Kiev woman pays tribute to one of the people who died during anti-government protests in Ukraine.(Sergei Chuzavkov, AP)

A Kiev woman pays tribute to one of the people who died during anti-government protests in Ukraine.(Sergei Chuzavkov, AP)

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Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order for Russia to recognise passports and other documents issued by separatist rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine.

The signing, announced by the Kremlin on Saturday, brought sharp criticism from Ukrainian officials. Ukraine's national security council head, Oleksander Turchynov, said the order effectively means that Russia is recognising the rebel authorities and is abandoning the Minsk Agreement, a two-year-old stalemated plan to end the war between the government and the Russia-backed separatists.

However a Russian lawmaker, Vladimir Dzhabarov, said the measure does not formally recognise the rebel authorities as legitimate.

Some rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine borders Russia and Ukrainians will never forget that Russia annexed their Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

More than 9 800 people have died in the war in eastern Ukraine since April 2014.

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