The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports.
Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.
Dmitry Mironchik, Belarus Foreign Ministry spokesman:
According to this decree citizens living in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine are exempt from providing documents that are necessary for the decision to issue a temporary residence permit or a permanent residence permit. This rule applies in the absence of objective possibility to provide such documents. Each Ukrainian citizen's case is studied by the competent services individually. The mechanism has been working effectively since August 2014. There have been no complaints from citizens, the international humanitarian organizations and institutions, our Ukrainian, Russian and other foreign partners. We don't think we need to change something right now.
Belarus in recent years has taken about 160,000 citizens of Ukraine. Belarus has created all conditions for their employment and normal life.