Russia uses the practice of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Ukraine – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius said.
“Russia is applying ‘best practices’ verified in GEO Abkhazia & S. Ossetia. It ended up with the occupation of 20% Georgian territory. It also appears as a laboratory of blatant violations of international law & introduction of new terminology – ‘passportization’, along with ‘borderization,’” Linkevičius wrote on Twitter.
According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree simplifying the procedure for people living in parts of eastern Ukraine held by Russia-backed separatists to obtain Russian citizenship.