Vladimir Putin has signed “accession treaties” formalizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four occupied territories in Ukraine – Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Luhansk and Donetsk. marking The largest forcible acquisition of territory in Europe since the Second World War. After the signing of the treaties, the Russian-established heads of the four regions Gathered around Putin, with folded hands and “Russia! Russia!” With thunderous applause.
Putin later addressed a crowd in Moscow’s Red Square, where he vowed to “do everything” to “raise the level of security” in Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Luhansk and Donetsk. Russian leader, speaking at a televised patriotic pop concert Said that the people of the regions have made the choice To connect with your “historic homeland”. “Most welcome!” They said To the flag waving crowd.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky announced in a video address in Kyiv that his country was formally applying for fast-track membership of the NATO alliance, strongly refuting Putin’s ceremony in Moscow. zelensky Accused Russia of rewriting history and redrawing borders “Using murder, blackmail, abuse and lies”, adding that Ukraine will not hold any peace talks with Russia As long as Putin was president.
The Kremlin said again on Friday that it would consider attacks against any part of its claimed territories of Ukraine – Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya and Kherson – as acts of aggression against Russia itself. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Russia would “legally” include parts of Ukraine that are not under Russian military control. Of the four regions, Luhansk and Kherson are the only regions over which Russia has close to complete control.
NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, accused Vladimir Putin of instigating the “most serious escalation” of the war in Ukraine as it began with his latest actions. Stoltenberg said Russia’s move was “the largest attempt to occupy European territory by force since World War II”. NATO reaffirms its “unwavering support” for the independence of Ukraine, Sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Dozens of people were killed in a missile attack by the Russian military on a civilian convoy near the city of Zaporizhzhya, hours before Putin’s signing ceremony. The attack on Friday morning struck people waiting in cars in the city of Zaporizhzhya to cross into Russian-held territory to bring family members back to the frontline.
According to Kyiv Independent reports, Putin has signed a decree on the Routine Autumn Concept. According to the outlet, Russia’s Defense Ministry “allegedly claims that the decision is ‘in no way related'” to Russia’s war in Ukraine.
A large number of Russian forces were besieged in the strategically important Donbass city of Lion in the latest blow to Putin. Ukrainian and Russian military bloggers said that the Russian army was colluding with local “Luhansk People’s Republic” fighters. The city of Lyman was besieged. The city – a strategic railway junction – has been under Moscow’s control since May. Surrender of the Russian Garrison in Lyman would be a disgrace to the Kremlin, At a time when it is claiming that the entire Donetsk region, including areas under Ukrainian government control, is “forever” part of Russia.
In response to Putin’s annexation of Ukrainian territories, the US announced new Russia-related sanctions on hundreds of individuals and companies. There are more than 1,000 people and firms linked to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. included in the new sanctions package including the family of its Central Bank Governor and members of the National Security Council.
America Congress On Friday, it also approved $12.3 billion in aid to Ukraine. The package includes $3bn in weapons, supplies and salaries for Ukraine’s military and authorizes President Joe Biden to instruct the Pentagon to transfer $3.7bn in weapons and other hardware to Ukraine.
Russia on Friday Western bid vetoed United Nations Security Council To condemn his occupation of Ukrainian territory.
America has never seen Russia According to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, take any action that suggests it is considering the use of nuclear weapons. he reiterated that US takes Vladimir Putin’s nuclear attack “very seriously” And said the US is planning for “every possible scenario, including this one”.
Britain is also increasing sanctions against Russia after the “illegal” annexation of four territories of Ukraine, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced. Measure The Foreign Office said it would restrict Russia’s access to key British commercial and transactional services, as well as ban exports to Russia of about 700 goods that are critical to manufacturing output.