Ceremony in Moscow after the referendums in the territories stolen from Kiev
Russia today formalizes the annexation of the territories of Ukraine where the referendums have just been staged. President Vladimir Putin today will sign treaties with the leaders of the self-proclaimed republics of Luhansk and Donetsk as well as the Kherson and Zaporozhzhia regions. The Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, announced that Putin will give a speech, scheduled for 2 pm in Italy. The leaders of the pro-Russian authorities arrived in Moscow yesterday to ask for membership of Russia. Referendums are considered a farce by Ukraine and the international community.
“There is no place” for annexations “in the modern world,” says UN secretary general Antonio Guterres. “It is a dangerous escalation”, Guterres said, adding that “any decision to proceed with the annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia will have no legal value and deserve to be condemned”. The annexations, he says, are contrary to “everything the international community is fighting for”.
The United States will never recognize Russia’s territorial claims on the sovereign territory of Ukraine, US President Joe Biden reiterates speaking of an ” absolute farce ” regarding the referendums that took place in four regions of Ukraine to ask for annexation to Russia. “The results were orchestrated in Moscow,” he says.
“Russia can still avoid the harmful consequences of war”, but to do so the Russian president Vladimir Putin ” must be stopped ”, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on its Telegram channel. ” Russia will not receive a new territory from Ukraine. Russia will continue the catastrophe it has brought to the occupied territory of our country. The price will be that the entire Russian society will be left without a normal economy, without a dignified life and without respect for human values, ” he adds. All this, she points out, ” can still be stopped. But to stop this, we will have to stop the one in Russia who wants war more than life. Your life, Russian citizens. ”