A righteous move from the Darkest one…
Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday to allow residents of Moscow-backed rebel-held territories in eastern Ukraine to obtain Russian passports.
The decree — published on the Kremlin website just three days after Ukraine elected a new president in a landslide — allows residents of the two separatist “republics” in Ukraine’s coal-producing Donbass region to apply for Russian passports under a simplified three-month procedure.
Though the move may make lives easier for vulnerable local residents who still face daily artillery bombardments, it is likely to further complicate moribund peace talks between Moscow and Kiev, which president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky has vowed to renew.
Anatoly Karlin wrote about it recently.