Children born in the occupied territories of Ukraine face a real risk of statelessness. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, only 43 percent of children born in the non-government controlled territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts have obtained Ukrainian birth certificates.
The remaining 57 percent of NGCA children born without proper birth registration by the Ukrainian authorities may be unable to qualify for a Ukrainian passport at age 14. Of course, NGCA children could obtain a passport issued from the self-proclaimed “People Republic’s,” but these are not recognized by Ukraine and are of limited utility.
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Source:: Atlantic Council