Russia Issues Passports to Crimean Residents

Vladimir PutinMoscow has begun to issue Russian passports to residents in Crimea as the peninsula has signed an accession treaty with Russia . “The treaty was signed yesterday. Its temporary application started yesterday and, of course, all Crimean residents who applied to the Federal Migration Service will get passports. This work has started. Some of the passports were issued today,” a Russian official told a news agency.

He did not elaborate how many people have applied for Russian passports, but voiced belief that the intensity of issuing documents would grow each day. Meanwhile, Ukraine has announced military withdrawals from Crimea. This comes after pro-Russian forces stormed a military base in Sevastapol. CCTV’s Tom Barton reports with details from Crimean capital Simferopol.

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