Ukraine: Western countries reject annexation referendum results | War in Ukraine

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Ukraine: Western countries reject annexation referendum results | War in Ukraine

Justin Trudeau assured that Canada will “never” recognize the results of the annexation referendums to Russia which took place in four regions of Ukraine.

Western countries, including Canada, have reaffirmed that they will “never” recognize the results of the elections held by Russia in Ukraine, a promise that the G7 had already made a few days earlier.

Justin Trudeau told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that Canada will never recognize the results of Russia's sham referendums in Ukraine during an interview Wednesday.

“The so-called referendums held by Russia in the illegally occupied Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions of Ukraine have absolutely no legitimacy.

— Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Canada does not and will never recognize the results of these sham referendums or any illegal annexation attempts of Ukrainian territories by Russia, said the head of the Canadian government.

These referendums clearly contravene international law and are motivated by the fact that President Putin believes he can redraw the map of the world as he pleases, denounced Justin Trudeau.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss took the opportunity of her meeting with the Ukrainian president to thank him for his work in the release of five Britons who were able to return to the United Kingdom last week after a prisoner exchange.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday that London would never recognize Russian annexation attempts after votes in four Ukrainian regions under Moscow's control, according to Downing Street .

The Prime Minister was clear that the UK would never recognize Russian attempts to annex sovereign territory and reiterated that Ukraine could count on UK support until the end of the year. that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin will be defeated, according to the British account of the call between the two leaders.

During the exchange, the Tory leader underlined London's support for Kyiv in the face of sham referendums in Ukraine and thanked Mr Zelensky for his work in freeing five Britons captured in Ukraine who were able to return to the UK this week last after an exchange of prisoners.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz

The same goes for Germany, which has sworn never to recognize the results of the fictitious annexation referendums.

“Germany will continue to support Ukraine politically, financially, in a humanitarian way, as well as in the defense of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, including through deliveries of weapons.

— Olaf Sholz, German Chancellor, in a statement

During a meeting between German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the Ukrainian President, the two leaders discussed the military, political and economic situation in Ukraine and the possibilities for additional support, including on the reconstruction of the country. They promised to stay in close contact.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield said Tuesday night that Washington would propose a UN Security Council resolution to condemn Russia's phony vote.

The resolution would also urge member states not to recognize any altered status of Ukraine and demand that Russia withdraw its troops from its neighbour, it added on Twitter.

A soldier from the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic slips his ballot into the ballot box.

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell also denounced the ballots, calling them illegal on Wednesday and describing the results as falsified.

This is another violation of the sovereignty [and] territorial integrity of Ukraine [middle] systematic human rights abuses,” Borrell tweeted.

In Kyiv, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry called the ballot papers a propaganda show and void and worthless.

“Forcing people in these territories to fill out papers under the barrel of a gun is another Russian crime during its aggression against Ukraine.

—The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in a press release

He called on the EU, NATO and the Group of Seven major industrial nations to immediately and significantly step up pressure on Russia through new sanctions and to dramatically increase their military aid to Ukraine.

The Kremlin, however, remained impassive in the face of the rain of criticism. His spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that at the very least Russia intended to drive Ukrainian forces out of the eastern region of Donetsk, where Moscow troops and separatist forces currently control around 60% of the territory.

In response to this further escalation of tensions, Mr. Trudeau also announced his intention to impose other sanctions against individuals and entities.

London had already announced new sanctions against Russia on Monday in retaliation for these ballot masquerades.

According to election officials based in Russia, 93% of the votes cast in the Zaporizhia region were in favor of annexation, as were 87% in the Kherson region, 98% in the Luhansk region and 99% in Donetsk.

A boy wearing a t-shirt with the letter Z, a symbol of support for the Russian army, is holding a flag of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic.

As pro-Russians claim victory in these referendums denounced by kyiv and its Western allies as illegal, the Russian Foreign Ministry has claimed that the inhabitants of four Ukrainian regions under Moscow's control have made a conscious and free choice in favor of Russia.

With information from Agence France-Presse, and Ass ociated Press

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