President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the “independence” of Kherson and Zaporizhia and announced that on Friday he would include four Ukrainian oblasts in Russia. Western leaders – including Joe Biden, Olaf Scholz and Liz Truss – have announced that they will not recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territory.
By decrees of Thursday night, Putin granted the independence of Chersonia and Zaporizhia and announced that on Friday he would include four occupied Ukrainian oblasts: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia into Russia.
In February, Putin recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics. Putin said he was “ready to defend these territories by all means available,” pointing out that “he would be willing to use a nuclear attack to stop Ukraine’s efforts to liberate its sovereign territory.”
As announced by the Kremlin, a “ceremony” for the incorporation of Ukrainian illegally annexed territories into Russia is to take place on Friday, followed by Putin’s speech.
Russia condemned for the plan to annex Ukrainian territories
Putin’s announcement of the plan to annex Ukrainian territories triggered a new wave of international condemnation of Russia. – Any decision to join the annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts in Ukraine would have no legal basis and deserve condemnation – said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
“I appreciate the clear position of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the criminal intentions of the Russian Federation, which is striving to illegally annex other areas of Ukraine: such actions will have no legal force, grossly violate the Goals and Principles of the UN Charter and will not be recognized by the world” – he noted the Ukrainian president on Twitter Volodymyr Zelensky.
Biden: The “referenda” were an absolute sham
– I want to make it very clear: United States never, never, never recognize Russia’s claims to the sovereign territory of Ukraine. These so-called referenda were an absolute sham. The results were fabricated in Moscow, the US President said on Thursday Joe Biden.
– The true will of Ukrainians is visible every day when they sacrifice their lives to preserve their country’s independence and defend freedom. Putin’s pursuit of (realization of) imperial ambitions is a flagrant violation of the United Nations Charter and the basic principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, the president said.
Germany and Great Britain do not recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territories
Chancellor Scholz on Wednesday stressed that Germany will continue to provide Ukraine with concrete political, financial and humanitarian support, as well as support in the defense of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, including the supply of weapons.
Referring to the situation in the illegally occupied territories of Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, the chancellor emphasized that Germany would never recognize the results of mock referenda.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss also assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that her country would never recognize Russian attempts to annex Ukrainian territory and would continue to support him, the office told her.
“The prime minister spoke this afternoon with President Zelensky to underline Britain’s steadfast support in the light of Russia’s fake referenda in Ukraine. The prime minister made it clear that Great Britain it will never recognize Russian attempts to annex sovereign territory. She reiterated that Ukraine can count on the support of Great Britain until President (Putin) is defeated, “Downing Street said.
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