Contents tagged with Ukrainian citizenship

  • Kyiv avoids granting citizenship to foreign volunteers who fought for Ukraine

    Timur Tumgoev, a Russian citizen who sought asylum in Ukraine, was recently extradited by Ukraine to Russia, where he was wanted for fighting for the Islamic State in Syria. This has sparked a number of protests outside the Verkhovna Rada by nationalists and volunteer fighters. Their sole demand is that it be made easier for foreigners to obtain Ukrainian citizenship for fighting on Ukraine’s side in the Donbas. Timur Tumgoev was one such volunteer, who fought for four years in eastern Ukraine …

  • Kyiv begins verifying validity of Ukrainian citizenships received after 1991

    The Ukrainian State Migration Service has started verification of all persons who received Ukrainian citizenship during Ukraine's independence, said First Deputy Head of the State Migration Service Maxim Sokolyuk, UNIAN reports.

    According to Sokolyuk, there are cases when the courts have made decisions on Ukrainian citizenship based on fake certificates of residency in Ukraine that were issued by migration service officials prior to 1991.

    "Work has begun on the full verification of the …

  • Ukrainian President terminated citizenship of 5,200 people over one year

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko terminated the citizenship of 5,200 people in 2017, according to data from the Presidential Administration.

    Decrees on termination of citizenship were issued on the grounds of the withdrawal from citizenship for 4,296 persons, loss of citizenship for 47 persons, and international treaties for 825 persons.

    The most well-known examples are the terminations of the citizenships of Mikheil Saakashvili and MP Andrey Artemenko. At the same time, Poroshenko did …

  • Kyiv: Russian MP Poklonskaya maintains her Ukrainian citizenship

    State Duma deputy and former prosecutor of the Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya, retains Ukrainian citizenship and the migration service has no information indicating that her passport was revoked, as reported by the Verkhovna Rada Deputy Serhiy Leshchenko, on NewsOne TV.

    According to Leshchenko, he sent a request regarding the status of Poklonskaya’s citizenship to the State Migration Service of Ukraine. The State Migration Service responded that Poklonskaya was not deprived of citizenship, as …

  • The Netherlands ready to accept Saakashvili

    The former Georgian president and leader of the Ukrainian party "Rukh novykh syl" Mikheil Saakashvili, if he decides so, will be able to obtain Dutch citizenship and the right for residence, as he is married to a Dutch citizen, the Foreign Minister of this country, Halbe Zijlstra, confirmed on Friday.

    "He is married to a Dutch citizen, and according to the Dutch legislation he can get a passport if he applies," the Dutch television and radio company NOS quotes Zijlstra as saying.

    Saakashvili …

  • LPR and DPR leaders and head of annexed Crimea are still Ukrainian citizens

    Aleksandr Zakharchenko and Leonid Pasechnik,leaders of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republics) and LPR (Luhansk People’s Republics), are still Ukrainian citizens. The same applies to former Luhansk leader Igor Plotnitsky, as well as the Russian-appointed “heads” of annexed Crimea Sergey Aksyonov and Vladimir Konstantinov.

    This was confirmed by the Ukrainian Presidential Administration’s response to’s information request.

    “Materials on the termination of the Ukrainian citizenship of the …

  • Ukrainian authorities decided to deport to Russia military volunteer who fought on the side of Ukraine in the Donbas

    The State Migration Service of Ukraine decided to deport the Russian woman, Yulia Tolopa (military call sign "Valkyrie").Topola, former military volunteer from the Aidar battalion, was again denied Ukrainian citizenship, as she wrote on her Facebook page.

    "Tomorrow I have to return to Russia. This has been required by the Ukrainian Migration Service. They have denied me, for the third time, because I do not have a certificate saying that I was never convicted in Russia, which should have been …

  • Saakashvili leaves Poland for Lithuania

    Former Odessa governor Mikheil Saakashvili, stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, continues to move freely around the world. He was in Lithuania on Tuesday.

    “It is always nice to be in brotherly Lithuania, especially among the friends and founders of Lithuanian independence: Vytautas Landsbergis, ministers, members of the government and presidential candidates. I thanked the Lithuanians for supporting Ukraine and Georgia, and I am also very grateful for the position taken up regarding my …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Lithuania stands by Saakashvili in the matter of his Ukrainian citizenship revocation

    Lithuania urged Ukrainian authorities to provide the former head of Odessa Regional State Administration and former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili with an opportunity to defend his right to Ukrainian citizenship in court, as stated by Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius, reports Delfi.

    "Saakashvili should be given an opportunity to defend his rights at a transparent trial," Linkevičius said.

    Linkevičius noted that, from the standpoint of international law, Saakashvili was in …

  • Office of the Ukrainian President refuses to disclose information about the citizenship of foreign politicians working in Ukraine

    The Presidential Administration refused to disclose information about the retention or revocation of Ukrainian citizenship of former government officials, including Natalia Jaresko, Alexander Kvitashvili, Khatia Dekanoidze, Eka Zguladze, David Sakvarelidze, and Aivaras Abromavičius, as stated in the reply of the Presidential Administration to a request by Ukrainski Novyny.The answer states that this information is confidential and "concerns the rights and legally protected interests of other …