Ukrainians residing in occupied Donbas, Crimea will get biometric passports after additional vetting
Ukrainian citizens residing in Russian-occupied Donbas and Crimea will be able to receive Ukrainian biometric passports after additional vetting, Press Secretary of the state-run Dokument enterprise Volodymyr Polischuk has said.
"To obtain biometric passports, citizens whose residence registration is in the occupied areas of Donbas and Crimea will have to provide additional documents for identification," he said on Espreso.TV on Monday evening.
The additional vetting is connected with the impossibility of identifying internally displaced persons in keeping with so-called Form No. 1, or registration at the place of residence, Polischuk said.
"Some archives have been lost during the events that have been happening there, there is no way to identify persons in keeping with Form No. 1. There is a Cabinet resolution that recommends additional vetting," the state-owned company's spokesman said.
He listed the documents that should be submitted additionally for the confirmation of the identity.
"If you come for an e-passport, you bring a Ukrainian passport, a tax identification code, the old travel passport, but we'll have to ask the birth certificate or a military service card, or other documents. Additional vetting is conducted through other agencies and a biometric passport is issued," he said.