State employees were obliged to hand in their Ukrainian passports and get a Russian one in Mariupol

Sofiia Telishevska

In Mariupol, which was temporarily captured by the Russian military, all state employees were required to hand in their Ukrainian passports and obtain a Russian one by January 1.

This was reported by the adviser to the Mariupol city mayor Petro Andryushchenko.

"Yesterday there was a meeting of the Mariupol Gauleiter administration. According to the results, all educators, doctors and "budget workers" are required to obtain Russian passports between October 1 and January 1. In addition, unlike ordinary citizens, they were obliged unconditionally to hand in passports of citizens of Ukraine. In fact, they are locked up in the city," Andryushchenko noted.

Today, more than 100 000 residents remain in Mariupol. Before the invasion, approximately 500 000 people lived there.