Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
25th February, 2016
In Kherson oblast, passports are being issued to Ukrainian immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa who are registered under different names with the addresses of various organizations, including the mission of the so-called “Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars”.
This phenomenon was possible thanks to the Ukrainian Parliament adopting a law that allows foreigners to obtain Ukrainian citizenship who have fought in Donbass within units of the so-called “ATO”.
Among those who obtained citizenship are Chechen fighters and terrorists who fought in the ranks of radical organizations in the Middle East.
Earlier, militants from organizations such as ISIL (banned in Russia – ed.) and Turkish “Grey Wolves” have repeatedly been spotted in Ukraine.
Based on the success of the operation of the Russian Airforce in the Middle East, resulting in a mass exodus of fighters to neighboring countries, you can expect an increase in the number of immigrants from the Middle East on the territory of Ukraine.
As a result, Ukraine risks becoming a transit point for terrorists for nearly all radical organizations, and its geographical position provides them with the possibility of movement to both Europe and Asia.