125,000 residents of Eastern Ukraine, currently owned by pro-Russian rebels, will receive a Russian passport. This is announced today by the Russian Interior Minister.
Russia wants to strengthen ties with the separatist region, while peace talks begin with Kiev, which must end the conflict.
More than 160,000 residents of the region have applied for a Russian passport, 125,000 of them have received one, Minister Kolokoltsev told the TASS news agency.
President Vladimir Putin arrived in Paris today, where he will speak in the Élysée with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenski about the conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
It is the first time in three years that such a summit has taken place. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also took part in the discussions.