So-called Donetsk People’s Republic to begin printing passports

The leader of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko, said that a test batch of DPR passports has been published, as reported by Glavnoye.

He stated that the first official passport will be issued by the end of February.

“The end of this month is the deadline for the issuance of the first passport… The amount depends on the capacity of our printing capabilities, but 60 pieces were already printed the day before yesterday, it was the first trial batch,” Zakharchenko stated.

He went on to say that he hopes to be able to print 10,000 passports per day.

The so-called DPR is a breakaway region in eastern Ukraine. The self-proclaimed state receives humanitarian and military support from Russia, and has not been recognized by any state, apart from South Ossetia, which is also a state with limited recognition and was self-declared after the Russian intervention in Georgia. Any passport of the so-called DPR would not be recognized as a legitimate document outside the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed republic. 

  DPR, Ukraine, Alexander Zakharchenko