First Russian passports handed out to Ukrainians in occupied south

A Russian serviceman standing guard as a family walks on a promenade along the Dnipro River in Kherson, southern Ukraine, on May 20, 2022. Authorities in the Moscow-occupied city today handed out Russian passports to 23 local residents in a ceremony. – EPA pic, June 11, 2022.

AUTHORITIES in the Moscow-occupied city of Kherson in southern Ukraine handed out Russian passports to local residents for the first time today, news agencies reported.

Russia’s TASS agency said 23 Kherson residents received a Russian passport at a ceremony through a “simplified procedure” facilitated by a decree signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin in May.

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