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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech on the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, after “referendums” described as a “parody” by kyiv and its Western allies.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed the annexation of four regions of Ukraine by Russia during a ceremony in the Kremlin, in the presence of the four pro-Russian leaders of these territories controlled by Moscow.
These four regions of eastern Ukraine had been consulted by referendum in the name of the right to self-determination of peoples. This is the will of millions of people, said Vladimir Putin in front of hundreds of dignitaries present in the Kremlin.
These referendums, widely denounced by kyiv and its Western allies, ended in a yes to annexation by some 99%.
The inhabitants of Lugansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia become our citizens forever, Vladimir Putin stressed in his speech. He added that these populations had voted unequivocally for a common future.
The four Moscow-appointed leaders of annexed regions, Denis Pushilin, Leonid Pasechnik, Vladimir Saldo, Yevgeny Balitsky , were also present. Tamara Alteresco's report.
The Soviet Union no longer exists, we can no longer go back to the past, but Russia no longer needs it, no longer needs this, insisted Vladimir Putin. He called for a ceasefire with Ukraine, and urged kyiv to return to the negotiating table, but ruled out talks on the status of the four annexed regions.
But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's reaction to the Russian proposal to hold negotiations was quick. He claimed that Ukraine will not negotiate with Russia as long as Putin is the president of the Russian Federation. We will negotiate with the new president, Mr. Zelensky insisted in an online video.
Vladimir Putin also said that any attack on the annexed territories on Friday would be considered an attack on the Russia itself. He is ready, he says, to defend Russian territory by any means, including nuclear weapons.
But the exact details of the annexation plan are unclear. However, it seems that Russia claims about 18% of Ukrainian territory, or almost 109,000 square kilometers, in addition to Crimea which had already been annexed in 2014.
Or, l& #x27;Russian army does not control all of this Ukrainian territory. kyiv forces surrounded the Russian stronghold of Lyman in the northern Donetsk region. And while Russia controls almost all of Luhansk, its forces occupy only about 60% of the Donetsk region, and 70% of the Zaporizhia region.
A concert held near the iconic Saint Basil's Cathedral to celebrate the annexation of Ukrainian territories on Friday, September 30.
Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov claimed that the whole Donetsk region would be part of Russia, but was unclear about the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, while Vladimir Putin said they were. recognized as independent states on Thursday.
We will clarify everything today, Mr. Peskov insisted.
These annexations represent a serious escalation of the offensive launched on February 24 in Ukraine, even as a chaotic mobilization unfolds in Russia, pushing tens of thousands of Russians into exile.
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US President Joe Biden for his part condemned Russia's fraudulent attempt to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory. He also announced that the United States will impose severe sanctions against Russia.
In agreement with the other members of the G7, Washington will also sanction any country, individual or entity that would provide political or economic support to Russian attempts to illegally seize Ukrainian territory.
In a statement by its foreign ministers, the G7 also noted that it would not will ever recognize Russia's alleged annexations of Ukrainian territories.
We unanimously and strongly condemn Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine and Russia's continued violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, ministers argued on Friday. of the seven countries.
Canada also reacted to Russian annexations. In a press release, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, announced that Canada would impose new sanctions on Russia in connection with the annexation of Ukrainian territories.
The Canada and its international partners see these acts for what they are: an attack on the rules-based international order and the principles of democracy, Minister Joly said in the statement.
“We reiterate our unwavering commitment to Ukraine and its people. Canada has always stood by Ukraine, and we will continue to do so for as long as it takes.
— Mélanie Joly, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs
The UN Security Council is due to vote Friday on a resolution condemning the referendums that led Russia of four Ukrainian regions.
The 27 member countries of the European Union (EU) have meanwhile declared that they unequivocally reject and condemn the annexation of these four regions announced by Vladimir Putin.
We do not and never will recognize "referendums" illegal activities that Russia organized as a pretext for this new violation of the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, nor their falsified and illegal results. We will never recognize this illegal annexation, say EU member countries in a statement issued shortly before the signing of the annexation acts by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
These decisions are null and void […] Crimea, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Lugansk are Ukraine, add the 27.
< p>“We call on all states and international organizations to unequivocally reject this illegal annexation. »
— Declaration of EU member countries
By deliberately undermining the rules-based international order and blatantly violating Ukraine's fundamental rights to independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity [… ] Russia puts global security at risk, EU members warn, while reaffirming Ukraine's right to defend itself against Russian aggression to regain full control of its territory and liberate occupied territories in within its internationally recognized borders.
The European Union is committed to continuing to provide strong economic, military, social and financial support to Ukraine for as long as 'it will be necessary, underline the 27.
On Friday, at least 25 civilians were killed in a strike that targeted a humanitarian convoy in the Zaporizhia region. About 50 people were also injured in this attack, which Russia and Ukraine accuse each other of.
With information from Agence France-Presse, BBC, and Reuters