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President: The Russian Federation has again crossed the red lines, brazenly undermining the peace process in Donbas

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made a statement as regards another interference of the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of Ukraine.

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko made a statement as regards another interference of the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of Ukraine.

The Head of State noted that the decree of the President of the Russian Federation on a simplified procedure for acquiring citizenship of the Russian Federation by Ukrainian citizens living in the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions was “another unprecedented interference of the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of an independent state, a brutal violation of sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine and a complete trampling upon its obligations in the framework of the Minsk agreements”.

“In addition, the Kremlin therefore deliberately and cynically violates international humanitarian law, which prohibits the occupation authorities from changing the citizenship of the inhabitants of the occupied territories,” Petro Poroshenko stressed.

“The Russian Federation has again crossed the red lines, openly and brazenly undermining the peace process in Donbas. The fake elections in 2014 and 2018, the introduction of the ruble zone, the expropriation of Ukrainian enterprises, the official recognition of documents issued by illegal bodies – this is not a complete list of destructive steps the Russian party has taken in recent years,” the President said.

The Head of State added: “Russia’s categorical refusal to support the initiative of Ukraine and the OSCE to launch an Easter armistice starting on April 26 was not accidental”.

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