Russian citizenship against the Polish quasi-colony
Obviously, after the cessation of hostilities, some kind of “legal” consolidation of the results takes place. In quotation marks – because, for example, Crimea. So far, it is not very successful with international treaties, but the reality is that Crimea is ours and everyone somehow has to live with it. Now two presidents, Putin and Zelensky, have signed documents that together may imply the cessation of the existence of the state of Ukraine in its current form after the end of hostilities.
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Vladimir Putin signed a decree allowing all citizens of Ukraine to apply for Russian citizenship under a simplified procedure. Previously, this could only be done by Ukrainian citizens who live in the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions.
If you do not get into details, then all that is required for a citizen of Ukraine to become a Russian citizen is to get to any part of Russia and apply. What is important – you can get to the DPR and LPR. But in fact – to the “territorial body of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia.” Here in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, huge queues line up for Russian passports.
One can not even mention the collapse of the myth about the wild growth of anti-Russian sentiment after the hostilities. Another thing is more important: Russia itself comes to the citizens of Ukraine. Zaporozhye and Kherson region (formally whose territory is this?) are the very precedents for issuing passports, which will be followed by others. “Oil painting”, as the Odessan Gotsman used to say in “Liquidation”. Or welcome to your home harbor!
The story that Ukraine will be divided (which many, including your humble servant, spoke about at the end of last year, although they hoped for a peace process) and a piece of the pie will go to Poland (albeit in the form of a quasi-colony) is unfolding before our eyes thanks to another document – the draft law of President Zelensky.
Zelensky recently submitted to the Rada a bill on the special status of the Poles. It follows from the document that Polish citizens are granted the right (simply because they are Poles) to employment, business, education and medical care in a neighboring country. They can also count on certain social payments in accordance with Ukrainian legislation, as well as legally stay on the territory of Ukraine for 18 months from the date of adoption of the law.
That is, all the western regions (of course, Russophobic and largely unnecessary for Russia), if the law is passed, will quickly turn into a Polish protectorate – with cheap labor for the Polish lords and, perhaps, even with the preservation of the name “Ukraine”. Naturally, such a latent annexation will be presented to citizens as a blessing and salvation from Russia.
And one more argument. Statement by Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba about Putin's decree: “The decree testifies to predatory goals. I am convinced that the armed forces of Ukraine will put an end to them with the proper support of partners. Therefore, now it is critically important to strengthen assistance to our state.”
It is worth noting that, for example, the issuance of Hungarian passports to residents of the Transcarpathian region was perceived by Kyiv much calmer than the issuance of Russian ones. And here it is straight forward, without any blunt words: give us as much heavy weapons as possible, and we will raze to the ground everyone who wants or wants to be with Russia.
The Ukrainian authorities leave an easy choice to their, still their, citizens . The coming reality may not be to everyone's liking, “legally”, it may not be immediately (or maybe not in decades) formalized, but we will have to live with it. As with our Crimea.