"Putin of a decree entitling ... people who permanently reside in certain areas of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions to apply for Russian citizenship in a simplified manner, is another attack on Ukraine's sovereignty by Russia", said a statement by Maja Kocijancic, the European Union foreign affairs and security policy spokeswoman.
Putin signed a decree allowing residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions to apply for Russian citizenship under a fast-track process that would deliver the passports within three months.
The United Nations Security Council met to discuss the issue on Thursday at the request of Ukraine.
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"Such actions vividly demonstrate to the world that Russian Federation is indeed the aggressor", Volodymyr Zelensky's team said in a statement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on Wednesday simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine, prompting calls from Kiev for more worldwide sanctions."The signature by President Putin.is another attack on Ukraine's sovereignty by Russia", the spokesperson for the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement.
Rebellions broke out against Ukrainian government rule in east Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014 shortly after a pro-Russian president was toppled in Kiev in a popular revolt. The war has claimed some 13,000 lives despite repeated efforts, led by France and Germany, to broker a lasting ceasefire, most notably during talks in the Belarus capital Minsk.
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Another source added that "there are discussions in palace circles about how do we harness Harry and Meghan and this tremendous global attention they get".
Speaking about the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, Kurz expressed concern over the insufficient progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements and called for their immediate implementation. Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign policy chief, ...
Both sides accuse each other of failing to uphold a fragile peace accord over east Ukraine, known as the "Minsk Agreement".
Kurz says Austria is one of the largest investors in Ukraine and therefore is strongly interested in good economic development of the country.
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