Ukraine's president-elect calls for more global sanctions against Russian Federation

Ukraine's President-elect Vladimir Zelensky

According to USA officials, the decision could hurt Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday accused Moscow of crossing a "red line" by signing a decree to ease the process of obtaining Russian citizenship in eastern Ukraine. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

The decree was a "brutal violation of sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine and a complete trampling upon its obligations in the framework of the Minsk agreements", he said, referring to the agreements signed in 2014 and 2015 to brought a cease fire to the conflict in Ukraine's Donbas region.

Ukraine president-elect Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday urged more worldwide sanctions against Russia after Moscow made it easier for people living in eastern Ukraine's separatist territories to obtain Russian passports. Residents of those occupied areas welcomed Putin's decision.

Zelenksy made checking the power of the country's elite a cornerstone of his campaign and has vowed to push back against Russian influence in the former Soviet state.

Firstly, Moscow held off from congratulating Mr Zelensky for his landslide win.




Ukraine has effectively outlawed four million of its own citizens, but Moscow won't force them to take Russian passports, Russia's United Nations envoy Vassily Nebenzia said responding to accusations from his Ukrainian counterpart.

That policy has raised concerns in Chisinau that the Kremlin may use a similar argument of defending its citizens in order to justify future Russian military operations in Transdniester.

Supporters have framed the law as another step to assert Ukraine's independence from Russian Federation, which ruled it for centuries before 1991.

European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said Thursday the fact that Putin's move came just days after presidential elections in Ukraine "shows Russia's intention to further destabilize Ukraine and to exacerbate the conflict".

President-elect Zelensky, a comedian who has played the role of President in a Russian-language drama but until now has had no political experience, often speaks in Russian.

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