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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 05:30 PM

Russia tests Ukraine's new president with passports for breakaway regions

Source: The Guardian

Vladimir Putin has swiftly moved to test Ukraine’s new president-elect, signing a law that could allow millions of Ukrainians living in breakaway regions of south-east Ukraine to receive Russian passports.

The provocative decision came just three days after the 41-year-old Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a comedian with no political experience, won a landslide victory in presidential elections. The Kremlin has not yet congratulated Zelenskiy or officially recognised the election result.
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Now, Russia’s challenge could force him to take a harder line. His team released a statement on Wednesday calling Russia’s move another sign that Russia was “an aggressor state that is waging war against Ukraine”.

More than 13,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since fighting broke out in 2014 between the government and separatists armed and financed by Russia. The offer of Russian passports will be seen in Kyiv as an attempt to continue the integration of the territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions into Russia, as well as to pressure the new president to come to the negotiating table.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/24/russia-passports-ukrainians-breakaway-regions-decree-ukraine



Putin takes advantage of a president with no governing or international experience ... what a surprise!

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 05:38 PM

1. Will tRump speak out for the independence of Ukraine? Will the US press ask our position on Russia

 

attempting to integrate the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk into Russia?

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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 05:49 PM

2. I am still smh

that the people of ukraine elected a comedian, someone with zero experience, when they are at risk of being invaded by Russia. Its mind blowing. Its as stupid as electing a reality tv star mobster. 🤦‍♀️

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