1017 GMT July 15, 2019
The initial decree, simplifying the procedure for obtaining a Russian passport for residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, was signed by Putin on April 24, Reuters reported
The Kremlin on Wednesday published an expanded list of those eligible to acquire Russian passports within three months, including those who live in "certain territories" of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The law is effective from the day of signing, May 1.
The list of those eligible for fast-tracked Russian passports also includes Ukrainians who lived in Crimea before its reunification with Russia in March 2014.
The list also cited citizens of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and Syria who were born in Russia during the Soviet era.
Protests broke out against Ukrainian government rule in east Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions in 2014 shortly after a pro-Russian president was toppled in Kiev.
Last week, Putin said there was nothing wrong with easing rules for residents of the Ukrainian regions to receive Russian passports.
He also said Moscow was considering offering all Ukrainian citizens fast-tracked Russian passports.