Disinfo: Ukrainian biometric passports were introduced to “cut off” residents of uncontrolled territories


Ukrainian biometric passports were introduced under Petro Poroshenko in 2017, to “cut off” the residents of uncontrolled territories.


This case is consistent with recurring disinformation narratives about Ukrainian statehood and human rights violations in Ukraine primarily targeting those living in the east. The claim that biometric passports were introduced as a punitive measure against residents in eastern Ukraine is unsupported by any evidence.

As stated by the State Migration Service of Ukraine, biometric documents are well protected from forgery and exclude the possibility of their use by any person other than the owner. The main idea behind the implementation is to significantly increase the security of society against crime and international terrorism.

The rules for issuing biometric documents (passport for travelling abroad and an ID passport) are the same for all citizens of Ukraine and are approved by resolutions of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on March 25, 2015 №302 (for the ID passport) and May 7, 2014 №152 (for the passport for traveling abroad).

According to the Law of Ukraine, from July 14, 2016 No. 1474-VIII "On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning Documents Confirming Citizenship of Ukraine, Identifying Persons or Their Special Status", aimed at Visa Liberalisation with the European Union, the issuance of passports in the form of cards was introduced to all citizens from October 1, 2016.

On 20 April 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal to allow visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Ukrainian citizens. As of June 2017 Ukrainians with biometric passports have been able to travel visa-free to the Schengen areas.


  • Reported in: Issue 168
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, EU, Eastern Ukraine, Visa liberalisation, Petro Poroshenko
  • Outlet: Vzglyad
see more

The war in Donbas began after Ukraine banned the Russian language

The war in Donbas has started after Ukraine had abolished the law on regional languages. Many forget about this. The Russians in Ukraine remain Russians, but Ukraine banned education in the Russian language, prohibited children from learning Russian. This is the reason why the conflict in Donbas started. This was the reason for what has happened in both Donbas and Crimea.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the war in Ukraine.

The international community, including the European Union recognizes and condemns clear violations of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity by acts of aggression by the Russian armed forces since February 2014. 

The Munich Agreement triggered WWII and the USSR was completely ignored

The Munich Agreement triggered WWII and the USSR was completely ignored.

81 years ago, the Wehrmacht invaded Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia as a result of the Munich Agreement signed the previous evening. If the reasons for the Second World War are to be commemorated in the EU today, it would be better to delete the reference to it, as in the controversial resolution of the EU Parliament – unlike the Hitler-Stalin Pact.

Such a policy had unfortunately been pursued so far and threatened to trigger the fourth great war, despite the written offers of the Soviet Union to France and Czechoslovakia.

The Soviet proposals were practically ignored. They had been accepted indifferently, if not contemptuously […] The events took place as if there had been no Soviet Russia. Then we had to pay dearly for it.



Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about WWII.

The Munich Agreement (September 30, 1938), indeed, permitted German annexation of the Sudetenland, in western Czechoslovakia. The policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler was heavily criticised in Europe and proved to be a disastrous move. World War II began in Europe on 1 September 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. Great Britain and France responded by declaring war on Germany on 3 September.

JIT is not independent, but under the full control of Western security services

JIT is not an independent investigative commission, but under the full control of Western security services. The fear that the official investigators might try to cover something up is justified.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the downing of flight MH17.

This Sputnik-article takes and presents only one comment of a reader to the topic of MH17 downing. This comment does not give any evidence on why JIT is dependent on Western security services and repeats pro-Kremlin narrative about 'anti-Russian position of JIT' in MH17 investigation.