The UN high Commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi said in an interview with the newspaper “Kommersant”, commenting on the recognition by Russia of passports in the breakaway DND and LNR, said that the residents of Donbas need a passport, but this should not prevent the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
“On the one hand, it is important that people have the documents. But, on the other hand, it is impossible that steps had been taken, which complicate the Minsk peace process. I’m not saying that such a move, please don’t get me wrong. But we must remember that the main goal is to achieve settlement,” said Grundy.
Grande also said that in November of 2016 visited the LC and the DNI and “saw the degree of destruction.” According to him, the UN is ready to help people living on the territory of the breakaway republics, but the work of the international organizations “local de facto authorities” is not easy.
Vladimir Putin on 18 February signed a decree on the recognition in Russia of passports issued by local authorities, those who live in the territories of separate districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.
According to the document the citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons residing on the territory of the LC and the DNI, got the right to freely cross the border with Russia without a visa, on the basis of those documents that was given to them by the local authorities, “actually existing” in the territories specified areas.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine adopted the decree condemned, saying that Russia’s recognition of the DNI and LC documents “de facto” is a recognition of “illegitimate authorities”. He also said that thus Russia is violating “state sovereignty” and “territorial integrity” of Ukraine and the Minsk agreement.
In early February, the investigation revealed that the passports of the LC and the DNI in Russia it was possible to buy tickets of “Russian Railways”, the number of airlines and payment in the hotels before the signing of the presidential decree.
Investigation : how the Department found the passports of the DNI and LC
After the publication of the investigation, the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the passports issued by the authorities of the breakaway republics of Donbass, official recognition in Russia have not received. However, he said that the documents could be considered a separate Russian companies and bodies “humanitarian grounds”.