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Putin speeds up Russia passport process for Ukraine’s breakaway region

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed an order easing the path to Russian citizenship for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, fueling tensions with Kiev. Under the new regulation, residents from eastern Ukraine will get passports within three months. Until now, they were required to have lived in Russia for five years before applying and undergo citizenship tests. Russia’s move comes as an early test for the Ukrainian president-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy.…