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MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. The Commissioner for human rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova called humanitarian action the decree of President Vladimir Putin for recognition of documents of residents self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk national republics.
“This is a humanitarian action to help people who find themselves without identity documents, for reasons beyond their control. Ukraine refused to issue new passports to those who have expired terms, and those young people who have reached the age for obtaining a passport”, – she told on air of TV channel “Russia-24”.
Moskalkova said that “from these documents depends on everything – health care, education, social benefits and guarantees”. “That is why Russia made such a move. I believe that this is a necessary and proper humanitarian action,” – said Moskalkova.
18 February Vladimir Putin signed a decree “On the recognition in Russia of the documents and registration plates of vehicles issued to citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons permanently residing on the territories of separate districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine”. These measures, as noted in the text of the decree, are “temporarily, pending a political settlement of the situation in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine based on the Minsk agreements”.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko previously said he believes the decision of the President of the Russian Federation “violation of international law”. The press service of the Kremlin, in turn, said that this was done “in order to protect the rights and freedoms of man”.