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Zelensky promises foreign fighters Ukrainian citizenship

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Volodymyr Zelensky has posted a video of himself visiting an island that became a symbol of Ukrainian resistance as the war enters its 500th day.

President Volodymyr Zelensky presented on Monday a draft bill that would allow foreigners battling Russia in his country to get Ukrainian citizenship.

At the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, thousands of foreigners rushed to assist in repelling Moscow’s forces, which were attempting to seize control of the country and depose Ukraine’s leadership.

“Foreign volunteers who took up arms to defend Ukraine, all those who fight for Ukraine’s freedom as if it were their homeland, And Ukraine will become such for them,” Zelensky said in a post on social media.

Zelensky made the disclosure at the unveiling new proposed legislation that would officially allow Ukrainians to get dual citizenship, with the exception of Russia.

Zelensky also stated that he signed a decree titled “On the Territories of the Russian Federation Historically Inhabited by Ukrainians,” but did not provide any information.

He stated that the purpose of the text was to further “the restoration of truth about the historical past for the sake of Ukraine’s future.”

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Apart from receiving a wide range of Western-supplied weapons, Kyiv has seen thousands of individuals from a variety of nations fight alongside its forces on the front lines.

Belarussian and Russian units have also joined the conflict. Kyiv considers both states’ ‘aggressor countries’ because Russian forces assaulted Ukraine from Belarusian territory.

President Vladimir Putin stated on January 1, 2023, that Moscow will intensify strikes on military targets in Ukraine following an extraordinary attack on the Russian city of Belgorod.

On Saturday, an incident in Belgorod killed 24 people and injured more than 100 others. It came after Moscow began a massive assault on Ukrainian cities.
“We’re going to intensify the strikes; no crime against civilians will rest unpunished, that’s for certain,” Putin said Monday during a visit to a military hospital.
He added that Russia would continue to target “military installations.”
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