Occupation of Crimea: Almost 9,000 Crimeans obtained Ukrainian passports after annexation

15:56 Oct. 17, 2016

Almost 9,000 Crimeans obtained Ukrainian passports after annexation

A woman is holding Ukrainian passport (UNIAN photo)

Most citizens prefer old form of passport rather than plastic-card document

More than 8,800 residents of Crimea have obtained Ukrainian passports since 2014, when the peninsula was occupied by Russia, Krym.Realii reports referring to the State Migration Service of Ukraine.

More than 350 Crimeans have already obtained the new type of plastic-card passports. However, most of the peninsula residents preferred the old style passports.

Citizens says it is easier to cross the administrative border between Crimea and mainland Ukraine using the old type of passport.

Formally administrative, but the de facto real border appeared between Ukraine and Crimea in early 2014. There are three border crossing points: "Kalanchak," "Chongar" and "Chaplynka", which are in daily use by thousands of citizens.

Last year Ukraine's parliament has officially proclaimed February 20, 2014 as the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. International organizations slammed Crimea occupation and annexation as illegal and condemned Moscow's actions.

Consequently, Western countries introduced a number of sanctions against Russia. Moscow declined to acknowledge the occupation of the peninsula and in its turn labelled it as a ‘restoration of historical justice'.

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