Ukraine sees Russia’s issuance of passports in eastern Ukraine as step towards ‘annexation’

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Thursday that Russia’s issuance of its passports to residents of eastern Ukraine is the first step towards the “annexation” of the region.

“This is definitely the first step, because the same thing happened once in Crimea, Crimea residents were given Russian passports. This is a big problem,” Zelenskiy told a news conference.