The European Union have condemned Russia’s decision to force Russian citizenship for Ukrainian residents of Kherson and Zaporizhia and only allowing them to use Russian passports.
The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said they will not “recognise these passports.”
Borrell said, “The European Union strongly condemns the Russian Presidential decrees of 25 May and 30 May, simplifying the process for granting Russian citizenship and issuing Russian passports to Ukrainian citizens of Kherson and Zaporizhia regions.”
He added that the EU “will not recognize these passports.”
He continued, that the European Union “also condemns the attempts to introduce the Russian ruble as a parallel currency to the Ukrainian hryvnia.
“to change the language of tuition in schools in those parts of Kherson and Zaporizhia regions.”
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine have condemned the decree issued by Vladimir Putin over the illegal passportization of residents of the territories temporarily occupied.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said, “Illegal passportization in Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, as well as in Crimea and in the temporarily occupied part of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, is a gross violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, the norms and principles of international humanitarian law, as well as the obligations of Russia as an occupying state, in in accordance with Article 45 of the Hague Convention of 1907 and Article 47 of the Convention for the Protection of Civilian Population in Time of War of 1949.
“The decree of Russia’s president is legally null and void and will have no legal consequences.
“This decision will not affect the citizenship of Ukraine for residents of the territories temporarily occupied by Russia.”