Russia’s Interior Ministry has reported last week that 527,000 people in Russia-controlled Donbas have been granted Russian citizenship over the last two years.

 Recently, a Russia parliament member said that number should reach 1 million by December. This would cover about half of the population believed to remain in the Russia-controlled portions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

By the end of this year, as many as one million Ukrainians living in Russia-controlled Donbas will receive Russian passports,

said Viktor Vodolatsky, the Deputy chair of Russia’s Duma Committee on CIS Affairs and Eurasian Integration (TASS). “Today, 538,000 people living in the territory of Donbas are citizens of the Russian Federation,” he said. “By the end of this year, up to 1 million Donbas residents will have become Russian citizens.”