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 Ukraine must check those who arrive from occupied territories to apply for biometric passport, - Turchynov

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The number of Ukrainian citizens from Crimea and occupied areas of the Donbas who want to receive Ukrainian biometric passports has increased since visa-free travel for Ukrainians to EU came into force on June 11.

This was announced by National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov in a commentary to Censor.NET.

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Turchynov said that the number of Ukraine citizens from Crimea and occupied areas of the Donbas who want to receive Ukrainian biometric passports has increased since visa-free travel for Ukrainians to EU came into force on June 11.

"Without having access to archives left at the occupied territories, we risk offering visa-free travel to separatists, citizens of a foreign country, terrorists, or members of Russia secret services disguised as Ukrainian citizens," Turchynov said.

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"This is why, to prevent this from happening, we need to amend the legislation to allow for detailed checking of citizens arriving from the occupied areas to receive a biometric passport. In case of providing wrong personal details, such people should be rejected for the receipt," Turchynov said.

Turchynov added he had discussed the issue with Interior Ministry, Migration Service, SBU, border guards, etc. He said a relevant bill will be introduced in the Rada soon by coalition members.
 
 
 
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