1,400 Crimean residents receive Ukrainian passports this year
Since the beginning of 2015, almost 1,400 residents of the temporarily occupied Crimea have received Ukrainian passports in Kherson region in order to go abroad.
According to the website of the Delegate of Ukraine's President in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, in January, 2015, a total of 329 Crimean residents received Ukrainian passports; their number grew to 1,054 in February, 2015.
According to the office of the Delegate of Ukraine's President in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, in Kherson region, a total of 2,239 migration-related services were provided to citizens of temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol in January and February 2015, as reported by the State Migration Service of Ukraine.
The Permanent Mission of Ukraine's President said that the law of Ukraine "On ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens and the rule of law on the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine" gives the right to the citizens in such areas to move from the temporarily occupied territories in order to receive documents confirming their Ukrainian citizenship, as well as documents identifying a person or a person's special status.
As reported, on May 16, 2014 the then Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov signed the decree on the Permanent Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Kherson. The decree was signed to renew the mission's work during the occupation of Crimea.
On May 22, 2014, Turchynov appointed Natalia Popovych as Permanent Delegate of the President of Ukraine to Crimea. Previously, she had been head of an employment center in Yalta.