Russian President Vladimir Putin announced today that the occupied regions (Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye Oblasts) of Ukraine are joining Russia, that is, they are becoming part of the Russian Federation
In the Grand Palace of the Kremlin, in the hall of St. George, the “ceremonial declaration” of the occupied territories of part of Russia is underway.
Putin said that the results of the referendum showed that the people chose and that it was definitive – that the four regions become part of Russia.
“I hope that the parliament will support the laws for these areas to become part of Russia, because that is what millions of people wanted. That’s their right,” Putin said and was met with thunderous applause.
“They have lived in one country for generations and their will is so strong in their desire to return to their historical roots,” he added.
“People from these four areas have become our citizens forever,” Putin stressed, calling on the Ukrainian authorities to cease fire and come to the negotiating table.
But, he added, referring to the referendums, the Ukrainian authorities must “respect the expression of the will of the people”.
“We will protect our territory, using all our forces and we will do everything to guarantee people’s safety.”
The “destruction” of the Soviet Union “destroyed the connections between different parts” of the country, Putin added.
“Despite all the difficulties, they brought love for Russia, and no one can eradicate that emotion.”
Putin said that “his goal” is not to go back in time and rebuild the USSR, but added that there is “nothing stronger than the will of these people to return to their historical roots.”
“Russia is ready for that,” added Putin.
Putin called for a minute’s silence in memory of the “brave soldiers who died”.
He stated that “brave soldiers died during a special operation and they are heroes of Russia”.
“They died fighting for territory,” he said.
You can follow Putin’s speech (in English) live here.
The Russian president believes that “Russophobia” is spreading around the world, stressing that the Western world is not democratic.
He reminded that the USA used nuclear weapons twice.
The Russian leader repeated previous claims that the West has been trying to weaken Russia and bring it to its knees ever since the fall of the USSR.
“The West is looking for opportunities to strike us and has always dreamed of splitting our country into smaller states that will fight against each other.”
He accused the West of being “greedy” and wanting Russia to be in its “colony”.
“They don’t want to see us as a free society. They want to see us as a mass of slaves.”
“They don’t need Russia. We need Russia!” he emphasized, which was followed by applause in the Kremlin hall.
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov cried during Putin’s speech.
Putin said Russia is a great country with a great civilization that refuses to live under “false rules” dictated by the West, saying the West is moving towards “open Satanism”,
He accused the West that “its civilization and neoliberal culture represents the gold standard for all others while it unilaterally decides who has the right to self-determination and who does not.”
Western countries are “very angry” about the decision of the people on Krin, he said. “This is precisely why they believe that people do not have the right to self-determination.”
The Russian president pointed out that the Western elite has always been like that. “They were the other colonizers, they discriminate and differentiate between first-class nations and second-class nations,” he stated.
This is precisely why, he added, “Russophobia” is widespread throughout the West, he said.
The leader of Russia accused the USA and Britain of sabotage. Referring to the British people as Anglo-Saxons, he said they helped “organise the explosions in the gas pipelines”. He assessed the American army as “brutal”, and then condemned the expansion of NATO.
He accused the United States of being responsible for setting a precedent by using nuclear weapons.
He also accused the US and its allies of waging a “hybrid war” against Russia and the separatist administration it supports in Ukraine.
He stressed that the West “has no moral right to talk about democracy”, adding that there is no reason to believe that Western countries are not looking for a way out of the global food crisis.
Putin said that Russia is not the source of Europe’s problems with energy, and stated that the energy crisis was caused by “year-long wrong policies long before the war in Ukraine.”
The Russian leader also criticized capitalism, saying it was no way to provide people with a comfortable life.
After the speech, Putin signed the law on the annexation of Ukrainian regions, together with the leaders of the regions appointed by Moscow, which was followed by the intonation of the Russian national anthem.
Central streets in Moscow are closed for this rally.
Source: Dnevni list Danas by www.danas.rs.
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