Meanwhile, Russian President Putin is celebrating the first anniversary of the annexation of the Ukrainian territories to Russia
The Russian air defenses shot down Ukrainian drones that were approaching the Russian city of Belgorod, without causing any casualties or damage at the moment. “The air defense system over Belgorod and its region was activated: air targets were shot down as they approached the city, operational services are on the ground, according to preliminary data there were no casualties or damage,” he wrote the governor of the region, Viacheslav Gladkov, on Telegram.
Putin celebrates first anniversary of annexation of Ukrainian territories to Russia
Residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions chose to “stay with their homeland.” Thus Vladimir Putin in a video message on the occasion of the first anniversary of the annexation of the Ukrainian territories to Russia, on September 30, 2022.
“The people took this conscious, long-awaited, hard-fought and truly popular decision together, during the referendums, in full compliance with international standards. They showed courage and inflexible character”, said the Russian president, according to Tass reports. Putin then claimed that he had tried to intimidate the inhabitants of Donbass, deprive them of the right to determine their own future, their own destiny, take away from them “what is dear to every person: culture, traditions, native language.”