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10 Foreign Nationals Granted Lugansk People’s Republic Passports

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Prime Minister-elect of the Luhansk People's Republic Igor Plotnitsky during a news conference in Luhansk - Sputnik International
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Ten foreigners have been granted passports by the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) in Ukraine’s southeast, according to LPR Interior Ministry.

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LUHANSK (Sputnik) – Ten foreigners have been granted passports by the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) in Ukraine’s southeast, a public communications spokesperson of the LPR Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti.

"In total, according to the decree of LPR leader Igor Plotnitsky, the documents were given to ten people: citizens of Georgia, Israel, India, Italy, Palestine, Turkey and Sri-Lanka," the representative said.

This is not the first time that foreign nationals receive LPR passports. In September, US MMA fighter Jeff Monson became the first American citizen to accept the self-proclaimed republic’s passport.

Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a coup.

After independence referendums held in May 2014, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR) were established.

In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, a weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, an all-for-all prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms, which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics in the southeast. Kiev has been reluctant to implement the Minsk accords.

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