Ukraine is ready to grant citizenship to volunteers who fought on its side against Russia

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine voted for the bill, which provides for a simplified procedure for issuing Ukrainian passports to foreigners who fought in the Donbas. Among them are dozens of immigrants from Chechnya, Ingushetia and other republics of the North Caucasus.

After voting in parliament, amendments to the law “On the legal status of foreigners and stateless persons” must be approved by the President Volodymyr Zelensky.

I new procedure, to obtain a blue passport with a Ukrainian Trident, the applicant must confirm his participation in the volunteer battalion with a document signed by the commander or prove his participation in the war against the Russian occupants in the court. This procedure applies also to those who did not fight, but provided volunteer or “other” assistance to the Ukrainian troops in the Donbas.The procedure for implementing the provisions of the law should be developed and implemented by the Ukrainian government. According to the co-author of the law, deputy Igor Lutsenko, deputies will have to control this work of the Cabinet of Ministers, since practice shows: red tape and sometimes outright sabotage is a common thing for officials.

Aer commander of the volunteer battalion named after Johar Dudayev, is in Ukraine since 2011. He came to the country legally. He sat in the remand prison on the falsified charges of preparing the assassination of Vladimir Putin, fought in the Donbas against the Russian troops and the pro-Russian separatists, twice survived the assassination attempts, in 2015 led the Dudayev international battalion. His participation in the war is documented. So far he was unable to obtain Ukrainian citizenship. Osmayev believes that the new law, after being signed by the President of Ukraine, will help solving the problem of obtaining a Ukrainian passport not only for him, but for many other people from the Caucasus. “I like this law very much, it solves problems for many volunteers,” he said in the commentary to VAYFOND.