distribution Russian passports in Ukrainian region Zaporizhia

distribution of Russian passports in the Ukrainian region "Zaporizhia"

 Starting today, Russian passports will be given out in parts of "Zaporizhia" that are under the control of Russian troops (Saturday).

Vladimir Rogov, a member of the board of the military-civilian administration of the Zaporizhia area, told the Russian channel "Russia24" that individuals with passports would be regarded as Russian citizens. 

He also said that more than 70,000 people in the area had applied.

Last May, Russian President Vladimir Putin made it easier for people to get a Russian passport.

Moscow sent documents to some of the other occupied areas and made the ruble the currency there.

The Ukrainian government says that the occupying forces are forcing people to become Russian citizens, and they are afraid that Russia will take over the occupied areas.

At the same time, Alexei Aristovich, a presidential adviser, says that Kyiv thinks that about 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers have died since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February.

Neither Russia nor Ukraine gave specific details about how many soldiers were killed on both sides.