13 August 2019, 17:58

Zelensky signed decree on simplified procedures for obtaining Ukrainian citizenship. It concerns foreigners defending Ukraine and Russians who are persecuted for political reasons in their homeland.

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Today, August 13, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree aimed at simplifying the acquisition of citizenship of Ukraine by foreigners or stateless persons who defended the country, and Russians who are persecuted for political reasons in their homeland.

In particular, the decree provides that such persons must submit a declaration of renunciation of previous citizenship.

The head of state instructed the Cabinet of Ministers to draft and submit for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada a bill that would simplify the acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship by persecuted Russians and foreign military personnel.

In addition, within three months, the government should develop a bill on asylum.

The President of Ukraine also instructed the Cabinet of Ministers “to optimize the process of considering applications of citizens of the Russian Federation for recognition as a refugee or a person who needs additional protection, and adoption of appropriate decisions in the prescribed manner.”

The security service is to verify compliance with the requirements of the law on citizenship by the State Migration Service, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, diplomatic missions and consular posts.

Earlier, QHA media published an analytical article (available in Russian) on the confrontation of Volodymyr Zelensky in the information war with the Kremlin. In particular, it was said that the new Ukrainian authorities plan to provide protection, asylum and Ukrainian citizenship “to everyone who is ready to fight for freedom.”