Putin orders Russia to recognize documents issued in rebel-held east Ukraine

Putin orders Russia to recognize documents issued in rebel-held east UkrainePresident Vladimir Putin ordered Russian authorities on Saturday to temporarily recognize civil registration documents issued in separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine, a decision strongly criticized by Ukraine’s president. The decision will enable people from the conflict-hit region to travel, work or study in Russia. According to Putin’s order, published on the Kremlin website, Russia will temporarily recognize identity documents, diplomas, birth and marriage certificates and vehicle registration plates issued in the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.



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