Le Monde

Moscow distributes Russian passports to residents of Donbas rebel regions (in French)

"This measure, coming shortly after the adoption of new restrictions on oil and coal deliveries, looks like a test. It may be time for a carrot but now Vladimir Putin is only using a stick," Volodymyr Yermolenko, Director of Analytics at Internews Ukraine and UkraineWorld's editor in chief, commented on the distribution of Russian passports in the Donbass.

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