Krem­lin de­fends recog­ni­tion of pass­ports

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

The Krem­lin says its de­ci­sion to rec­og­nize pass­ports and other doc­u­ments is­sued by sep­a­ratist au­thor­i­ties in east­ern Ukraine is a re­sponse to Ukraine’s block­ade of rebel re­gions. The week­end’s move by Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has drawn sharp crit­i­cism from Ukraine, which called it a vi­o­la­tion of a two-year-old peace deal. Putin spokesper­son Dmitry Peskov said Mon­day the de­ci­sion was a hu­man­i­tar­ian move to help strug­gling res­i­dents in the rebel re­gions, who have faced a trans­port block­ade im­posed by na­tion­al­ist bat­tal­ions.

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