The Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions of Ukraine were taken over by the Russian army and on Saturday the first Russian passports were issued to residents of the two regions. The local administration told RIA Novosti that 23 passports were issued in the Kherson region, and the first to receive a passport was Vladimir Saldo, head of the military-civilian administration.
“The first passports of citizens of the Russian Federation have already been issued in the Zaporozhye region. For us, this is an important and historic event. Another step on the way to our return to Russia,” said said Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, according to the RIA Novosti report.
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Saldo also spoke to RIA Novosti and said that Russia and Ukraine have always been “one country” and hailed the ongoing invasion as “new history and new life” for the Ukrainian people.
“For me, this is really a historic moment. I always thought that we were one country and one people.
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“Apparently fate was so happy not to let it go to the end. The proof of this is all the events that are happening right now. For us, this is a new story and a new life,” he concluded according to the report.
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to facilitate the passport process for residents of the two regions. According to Russian authorities, they have received thousands of applications for Russian citizenship and all they need to do is submit a copy of their Ukrainian passport to apply.
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