Russia issues passports to 80,000 in occupied Ukraine

RUSSIA / FSU POLITICS - In Brief 24 Nov 2022 by Alex Teddy

On November 24 Moscow said that it has issued Russian passports to people living in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Russia held referendums there in September 2022, and in October 2022 annexed the regions. The UN condemned this, and the international community recognizes the regions as Ukrainian.  Russia has never fully controlled the four regions. It took only one of the regional capitals (Kherson City) and was forced to retreat from it recently. Russia has made it easy for people in these regions to obtain Russian citizenship. The figure of 80,000 is deeply unimpressive considering the population of the regions is total of 6.5 million. The Kremlin wants a good news story. The war is not going well.  Fighting has slowed as winter has set in. 

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