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Kiev denounces Russia’s ‘brazen’ passport offer to people in eastern Ukraine

The Kremlin has made it easier for people in militant-held eastern Ukraine to become Russian citizens, drawing the region closer Moscow and escalating the conflict between the countries as a new president prepares to take power in Kiev.

Russian president Vladimir Putin said the decree he signed on Wednesday had “a purely humanitarian character”, but Kiev accused him of “torpedoing” efforts to end a five-year war that has killed 13,000 people…

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