LONDON (Reuters) - Britain condemned a move by Russia to simplify the procedure for residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine to obtain Russian passports.
“This step is the latest in a pattern of Russian behavior aimed at threatening Ukraine’s security and sovereignty, and undermining its territorial integrity,” the British foreign ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
“Russian officials have sought to justify this move by citing humanitarian concerns. Yet the communities they claim to support are suffering the consequences of a conflict started and fueled by Russia and its proxies.”
Earlier on Thursday, Germany and France also condemned Russia’s move.
Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; Editing by William Schomberg