Occupying authorities in Luhansk Oblast forcing people to give up Ukrainian citizenship
Severodonetsk was captured and destroyed by the Russian invaders (Photo:Serhii Nuzhnenko/Reuters)
Russian invasion forces in occupied Luhansk Oblast are forcing Ukrainian officials to renounce their Ukrainian citizenship and appointing Russians to positions in the authorities, the Luhansk military administration reported on Telegram on Nov. 18.
"The occupiers demand Ukrainian officials give up their Ukrainian citizenship – they can't just pretend they’ve "lost" their documents anymore," the message reads.
The administration also wrote that the occupiers are appointing school principals from remote Russian regions, for example Siberia.
"In Bilovodsk a man from Novosibirsk was appointed as a school principal.
“Apparently, there were no more worthy candidates closer to the area," Luhansk military administration said.
The Ukraine's General Staff reported the complete evacuation of civilians had been planned by occupiers in Kreminna, Severodonetsk and Rubizhne settlements.
Luhansk Oblast governor Serhiy Hayday said the Ukrainian army is getting closer to the major towns of the region.
So far, 12 settlements in Luhansk Oblast have been liberated.
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