FAST FIVE: Russia Has Issued Over 80K Passports In Annexed Ukrainian Territories

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Further they have pressed all global nations “not to recognize any changes announced by Russia to borders.” The European Union has also recently vowed to never recognize passports issued in the occupied territories, with Kyiv of course also condemning the 'illegal and invalid' passports. The European Council said earlier in the month: “This decision is a response to Russia's unprovoked and unjustified military aggression against Ukraine and Russia's practice of issuing Russian international passports to residents of the occupied regions.” Meanwhile, a recent Washington Post report has admitted that in these regions, sympathies for Russia among the local Ukrainian population run deep and are more widespread than previously admitted, complicating matters in places like Kherson city, recently recaptured by Ukraine forces amid a broader Russian withdrawal:  But in institutions across this regional capital, from the city council to hospitals and schools, newly restored leaders like Ivanovka are facing a double conundrum.

How to rebuild without the thousands of Russia sympathizers who fled.

Thousands in the city held an ambivalence toward the Russians, or even an affinity.

Further the report underscored that “Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people in Kherson accepted Russian passports in the hope of receiving benefits.

Likely this will continue especially in retaken areas where much of the citizenry accepted Russian passports and participated in the annexation referendum.  Tyler Durden Fri, 11/25/2022 – 02:45.

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