In the Kremlin, Putin began the annexation of four Ukrainian regions

Update: 30.09.2022 14:58

Moscow – In the Kremlin, with a delay of about a quarter of an hour compared to the announced start, the ceremony at which Russian President Vladimir Putin is to sign the agreements on the annexation of four Ukrainian regions to Russia began. This is about 15 percent of Ukraine’s area, and Kyiv rejects this move as illegal. In his opening speech, Putin confirmed the planned annexation and at the same time called on Kyiv to negotiate. However, Moscow will not give up the occupied territories and will defend them “with all available means”, emphasized the president of one of the nuclear powers.

“The people have made their choice, they have clearly chosen,” Putin said, referring to the results of the vote in the internationally unrecognized Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) and the partially occupied Kherson and Zaporozhye regions in eastern and southern Ukraine. He is confident that the Russian parliament will approve the annexation of these four regions to Russia. “It is the will of millions of people,” emphasized the Russian leader, who referred to the right to self-determination enshrined in the UN Charter and to Russia’s history, the results of wars and battles.

Kyiv and the West do not recognize the referendum results and do not intend to recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territory either.

Putin, on whose orders Russian troops invaded Ukraine at the end of February, accused the “collective West” of waging a hybrid war against Russia and trying to subjugate all the countries of the world. But Russia will not live by false rules, the head of the Kremlin said, according to which the West has no moral right to evaluate Russia’s actions. “We have never accepted and will never accept such political racism, hatred against Russia,” he said.

Among other things, Putin accused the United States of bombing Dresden, Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War, as well as the fact that, according to him, they “actually still occupy” Germany and Japan. According to Putin, European politicians humbly submit to the demands of the United States to impose additional sanctions against Russia, although these sanctions basically lead to the destruction of European industry and are against the interests of European countries.

After today’s ceremony, the President will hand over the signed documents to the Russian Constitutional Court; if he does not object, the Russian parliament will deal with the contracts. According to Russian television, it should be next week. The television reminded that in the case of Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in the spring of 2014, the ratification of the relevant treaty took three days.

Kremlin: Moscow will consider an attack on the annexed territories as aggression against Russia

Moscow will consider an attack on Ukrainian territory, which it intends to annex, as aggression against Russia itself. According to the TASS agency, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said this today. According to him, the four Ukrainian territorial units will become an inseparable part of Russia.

The Russian occupation and pro-Russian authorities claim that the residents of the Ukrainian regions requested to join the Russian Federation in a vote. Kyiv and the West do not recognize the vote and consider the results invalid. The five-day, hastily organized vote has been held since last week in the Moscow-controlled parts of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, to which smaller occupied parts of other Ukrainian regions were annexed, and in the self-proclaimed pro-Russian entities of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR). .

“The Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics are recognized by Russia within the borders established in 2014. As for the territory of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, I need to clarify that,” Peskov said when asked by journalists.

In connection with the annexation of other Ukrainian territories to Russia, its invasion of Ukraine will enter a new phase, analysts agreed earlier. As Peskov confirmed today, Moscow will perceive Ukrainian attempts to regain its territory as an attack on sovereign Russian territory.

“It won’t be anything else (than aggression),” Peskov said.

Source: České noviny – hlavní události by

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