. Russia hands out passports in occupied Ukraine cities « JO LEE MAGAZINE

BBC NEWS/The Russian occupation authorities in southern Ukraine say they have started handing out Russian passports to locals in two cities – Kherson and Melitopol.

Ukraine condemns the creation of Russian citizens on its territory as “Russification”. President Vladimir Putin is fast-tracking the procedure.

Russia’s Tass news agency says the first 23 Kherson residents got Russian passports at a ceremony on Saturday.

The Russian-appointed military governor in Kherson, Volodymyr Saldo, said “all our Khersonite comrades want to receive the passport and [Russian] citizenship as soon as possible”.

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