Friday, August 23, 2019
A deal would be a sign of success in bilateral engagement since President Volodymyr Zelensky came to power. This is not a breakthrough -- conflict resolution is still at a standstill. Yet it is especially significant as it suggests the ongoing battle over passports will not kill the peace process. Zelensky is offering Ukrainian citizenship to Russian nationals facing political persecution at home, in response to President Vladimir Putin's decision to fast-track passport applications from residents of rebel-held parts of eastern Ukraine.