In case of obtaining Russian citizenship, they take away the Ukrainian

In recent years, Ukraine has been remembered together with Russia in many articles or on European TV channels. This was facilitated by 2014, namely, the change in the course of Ukraine towards Europe, and not towards Russia. Then came the referendum, the occupation of the territorial, which some countries recognize and others do not. As a result, people who lived on the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, became unprotected. Because Ukraine did not have control over these territories, and, accordingly, the legislation of Ukraine did not work. And many who lived in this territory do not have Russian citizenship.

Many gathered their things, took the children, and left for the unoccupied territory of Ukraine. Where did they get a certificate of an immigrant (a person who left their previous place of residence against their will) and some social benefits. Such people were provided with the privilege to pay utility bills, one-time assistance in resettlement. Their children were easier to enroll in universities.

Some remained, and sometimes leave for the controlled territory to replenish supplies. As they complain that on the other side of the border everything has risen sharply, and salaries have remained unchanged.

6 years later, on April 24, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin, by his decree, simplified the procedure for granting Russian citizenship to residents of the self-proclaimed so-called “DPR” and “LPR”. Let me remind you that according to Article 4. of the Constitution of Ukraine, “There is a single citizenship in Ukraine”.

Now in Ukraine, they began to talk about the Draft Law “On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine” On Citizenship of Ukraine. “The essence of this draft law is that in the case of voluntary acquisition of Russian citizenship, such a newly-made citizen of Russia is automatically deprived of Ukrainian citizenship. Ukraine, this person is deprived of the right to free medicine, which is provided for citizens of Ukraine, as well as the right to a pension and the right to choose, during the elections to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the President of Ukraine.

As of mid-July 2021, 611 thousand residents of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR) received Russian citizenship in a simplified manner. Residents of the regions who have already received their new passports will also be able to use the right to choose, and in 2021 choose the State Duma of Russia.

This new rule contradicts the Minsk Agreements and the Constitution of Ukraine.

It is not yet clear how they will find people who have received Russian citizenship, because there is no one base between the two warring countries. But one thing is clear that soon we will find out the fate of Article 19 of the Law of Ukraine “On Citizenship” since the bill has already been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

We can only follow the news and wait for the decision of the Verkhovna Rada, and in case of a positive decision, the signing of this Law by the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The Immigration Law Office was established in 2007. It provides assistance to foreign clients in Kiev (KV), Odessa (OD), Dnipro (DP), Lviv (LV), Kharkiv (KH), Lugansk (LG) and Donetsk (DN) regions, Crimea (KR) and others regions of Ukraine.

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