Folks, it may have been my fourth booster shot, but I *think* it was the below video that exploded my head.

This video shows citizens in Melitopol’, the largest city within the Russian-controlled portion of the Ukraine’s Zaporozhia province (soon enough to be formally a part of Russia), lining up to review documents and schedule an appointment to apply for a Russian passport.

(In most of the former USSR countries, passports have a domestic and an international version—this application is likely for the former, as a form of official ID.)

According to the journo lady with the microphone (who really needs to eat something, someone please call her mama, this is not healthy), this is but one such line in town; there are others at other locations.