"The occupiers of Zaporizhzhia region failed fake ‘evacuation’, so they returned to the old topic – forced passportization. Another deadline was set – to instill ‘love for Russia’ in all residents of temporarily occupied territories by September 1,” Melitopol mayor Ivan Fedorov posted on Telegram.
According to him, the invaders have resumed the work of "migration services" even in those frontline territories where evacuation was carried out yesterday and have strengthened filtration procedures at checkpoints. In addition, field teams for issuing Russian passports are already working in places of temporary accommodation for residents evacuated to Berdiansk.
"The goal of the ruscists is to involve as many people as possible in their crime before the Russian sham elections in autumn and to sow propaganda about the ‘protection of Russian citizens’,'' Fedorov said.
As reported, the invaders are preparing for the organization of sham elections in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, preliminarily scheduled for September 10, 2023.