Militants of ‘DPR’ (Donetsk People’s Republic) rescheduled the issuance of passports of the unrecognized republic from late May to early June, the head of the ‘DPR’ Alexander Zakharchenko told the separatist-run DAN news service.
According to him, the issuance of passports in the promised time fell due to lack of blank passports.
“First of all, we had to accumulate a sufficient number of blank passports. Unfortunately, we have not stored up the required quantity of them. However, the issue of passports will begin in early June anyway,” Zakharchenko said.
He promised that in the near future the Resident Registration Offices will be provided with a certain number of blank passports, and "our people will begin to receive the documents."
The leader of ‘DPR’ Alexander Zakharchenko managed to hand the passports to the first 20 residents of the ‘republic’ on May 16. The first passport Zakharchenko issued for himself, noting that this is "a historic day." The rest passports were handed to the residents having reached 16 years of age.