"There are no more queues for receiving a new biometric passport across Ukraine […] In fact, the situation returned to normal one week ago […] I can officially declare today that there are no more delays in issuing passports," Avakov Thursday wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
However, Avakov said there can be delays if the person applying is from an area occupied by the Russian hybrid forces and applies using his internal passport.
Avakov thanked State Migration Service staff, led by Maksym Sokoliuk for "performing a difficult task."
"Next steps include preparing for the use of an electronic digital signature in an ID card and offering the option of replacing 1994 passports for a biometric ID card. The aggressor state's recent provocations demonstrate the need to introduce new secure documents. This is a matter of national security and public safety. I think that this is the number one task for the migration service next year," the minister said.