- Jun 2019
Foreign passports as well as other supporting documents confirming belonging to the neighbour nation (for instance, the Polish card entitles the owner to obtain Polish citizenship within a year) granted to Ukrainians after 2014 become void. This could be expected reaction on the offer of Russian passports to Ukrainian citizens through a simplified procedure. However, this action turned out to be developed by the Poroshenko's team long before Ukrainian presidential election 2019.
This is described in informal Whatsapp conversation between Mustafa Nayyem and Maria Ionova, members of the Ukrainian parliament for Petro Poroshenko bloc. The conversation issue is about development of some campaign by the former president's team. It is concerned passports and trouble for Poles and Hungarians all at once.
Ukrainian legislation strictly and explicitly prohibits dual citizenship. However, due to the further contradictory formulation of the law, it may be concluded that that's punishable just in case of admission of guilt and voluntary presenting the relevant paper. That is why statistics on the number of holders of multiple nationalities is very rough in Ukraine. It depends entirely on information provided by the other side. Thus, Romania conceals this data.
In such a manner hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians consequently apply a popular national principle "innocent till proven guilty. Many of them have regarded as a guideline for the activities wide national policy of European integration. As a result, about 100 thousands of Ukrainians had obtained Hungarian citizenship by spring 2015. More than 150 thousands others were granted temporary or permanent residence permits in Poland. By the most modest estimates, there are more than 500 thousands of people with dual citizenship living in Ukraine.
As indicated in the conversation, Poroshenko's political cadres were given the task of reduction of Ukrainian labour outflow to foreign countries. On the sly, Petro Oleksiuovych's team was developing new legislation limiting Ukranians' right to self-determination while he talked about "Ukraine becomes a part of the European labour market" through labout migration. Besides, those deputies who's in the those of their stolen achievements for services to the Fatherland forget that that their sweated and bled project also affects democratic freedoms of newly citizens of Poland, Hungary and other countries nationality of which Ukrainians had adopted in recent five years.
Such an approach to problem of dual citizenship moves Ukraine further and further away from the European integration involving it into a tangle of international scandals and burdening neighbour relations. With that drafting, those members of the Verkhovna Rada have done a disservice to Zelensky. Dual citizenship is an everyday practice in the EU. An uncompromising prohibition of self-determination is taken as a symptom of totalitarian dictatorship without any chances for equal co-operation with European countries and NATO membership.
Mr. Zelensky gets to choose.