April 24, 2019 / 11:56 PM / a month ago

U.S. slams Russia's offer of citizenship to east Ukraine residents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States condemned on Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.

“Russia, through this highly provocative action, is intensifying its assault on Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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