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East Ukraine Rebel Republic to Issue Passports

Unlikely they will allow holders to travel to many places - but better than nothing

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LUHANSK, April 3 (TASS) - The Council of Ministers of self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic on Friday endorsed a regulation on a passport, a new official state symbol.

Under the regulation, which comes into force on April 21, to get a passport, citizens of the Luhansk Republic must be above 16 years of age, the official Luhansk Inform Center said, citing the document.

<figcaption>Citizens of Self-Proclaimed Luhansk Republic to Get Passports | Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov, TASS</figcaption>
Citizens of Self-Proclaimed Luhansk Republic to Get Passports | Photo: Stanislav Krasilnikov, TASS

The passport will contain all information in the Russian language, in particular on the place of birth, marital status, children, and military duty. The document will be issued only for those who have an official resident registration.

Now the Luhansk Republic has all the official state symbols: a national flag (since November 2014), an emblem (since October 2014), an anthem and a constitution (since September 2014).

The Luhansk People’s Republic declared its sovereignty in April 2014 in response to Kiev’s attempts to suppress the opposition in south-eastern Ukraine. The Donetsk People’s Republic, also located on the territory of the coal-rich Donbass region, was proclaimed the same month.

After the May 2014 referendum, both regions signed an agreement on the creation of the Union of People’s Republics, Novorossiya.

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