25 Apr 2024 14:37

Military-age Ukrainian men can receive national passports, foreign travel passports only in Ukraine

MOSCOW. April 25 (Interfax) - Military-age Ukrainian male citizens will be able to apply for a Ukrainian passport or a foreign travel passport only in Ukraine under a new regulation as part of the law on mobilization and military registration.

Sending such documents to Ukrainian diplomatic missions abroad will be prohibited.

"Ukrainian male citizens aged 18 to 60 will be able to receive a Ukrainian passport or a passport to travel abroad only at a territorial branch or territorial division of the State Migration Service," Ukrainian media said citing the regulation adopted by the government on April 23.

"Forwarding such passports to a stand-alone unit or a foreign diplomatic mission for their subsequent distribution is not allowed," the document said.

Under the government's executive order, the new restrictions will not apply to certain categories of Ukrainian citizens in accordance with the border crossing rules. They are people with disabilities who have documents confirming their condition, men accompanying their disabled spouses or accompanying their own parents or the spouse's parents with disabilities of the 1st or 2nd degree, citizens caring for people with disabilities of the 1st or 2nd degree, parents, adoptive parents or foster parents caring for disabled children younger than 18 years old, parents of adult children with disabilities of the 1st or 2nd degree, grandfathers, brothers or stepfathers of children with disabilities, guardians of first-degree relatives with disabilities, and citizens whose children require medical treatment abroad.

As reported, the Verkhovna Rada passed a bill amending certain Ukrainian legislative acts on military service, mobilization and military registration in the second reading on April 11. The bill has already been signed by the president into law.

On April 23, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba announced the suspension of consular services at Ukrainian diplomatic missions abroad for military-age Ukrainian male citizens.