The UK government has condemned Russia’s decision to simplify procedures for Ukrainian citizens living in non-government controlled areas of eastern Ukraine to receive Russian passports, ONA reports citing the statement released by the UK Foreign Office.
The UK government said that this step threats Ukraine’s security and sovereignty, and undermines its territorial integrity.
"Russian officials have sought to justify this move by citing humanitarian concerns. Yet the communities they claim to support are suffering the consequences of a conflict started and fuelled by Russia and its proxies. Rather than creating further obstacles to the re-integration of these communities into Ukraine, Russia should focus on implementing the Minsk Agreements, including the requirement to ensure safe access, delivery, storage, and distribution of humanitarian assistance," the statement reads.
The UK government stated that it will continue to work with international partners in addressing the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukrain.