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Rada simplifies granting citizenship to foreigners who fought for Ukraine

Rada has simplified the granting of citizenship to foreigners who defended Ukraine. Photo: Synytsia Oleksandr / UNIAN

Rada has simplified the granting of citizenship to foreigners who defended Ukraine. Photo: Synytsia Oleksandr / UNIAN

The Verkhovna Rada has simplified the acquisition of Ukrainian citizenship by foreigners who took part in protecting the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, or by Russians who were persecuted in the Russian Federation. Bill No. 5630 was supported by 285 MPs.

Quote"We have good news. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted for bill No. 5630 today! Foreigners who fought for our country will now be able to gain citizenship through a simplified procedure! We are grateful to every fighter for standing next to our defenders. Justice has been met!", Yana Zinkevich, the People's Deputy (European Solidarity) posted on her Facebook page.

Context. Earlier, Zinkevich said in an interview with The Page that there were many citizens of other countries in the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Especially Russians, Belarusians, Georgians, and Lithuanians.

She noted that at first they had joined the army, had officially served, and at a certain time they had been granted a residence permit. After that such fighters had to apply for citizenship. But in order to apply for citizenship, especially for Russians, one needs, in addition to all the documents, to submit a document that you were in Russia or at the Russian embassy and renounced your citizenship there.

"Imagine what it would be like if a Chechen, Georgian, Belarusian, or Russian came to the embassy or left for Russia to renounce citizenship. They will immediately become political prisoners," the MP emphasized.

Zinkevich explained that they were provided with a temporary passport, an identity card for two years, and in the summer of 2021 this period expired. Now they are illegal, their passports were taken away, all their cards were blocked. They can even be deported, for example, to Russia. Recently, the Chechens were sent to Russia.


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