Putin declares annexation of Ukrainian regions in Kremlin ceremony

30 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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In defiance of international law, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the annexation of four areas of Ukraine on Friday. According to Putin, this is the desire of millions of people. The an...

In defiance of international law, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed the annexation of four areas of Ukraine on Friday.

According to Putin, this is the desire of millions of people.

The annexation celebration took place in the lavish St.

In a drastic escalation of the seven-month battle, Putin was seen signing treaties in George’s Hall with the leaders of the four regions of Ukraine.

The event takes place three days after the conclusion of Kremlin-organized referendums on joining Russia, which Kyiv and the West denounced as a blatant land grab that was conducted under duress and based on fabrications.

Moscow has supported the separatist Donetsk and Luhansk areas in eastern Ukraine ever since they proclaimed their independence in 2014, only weeks after the Crimean Peninsula was annexed by Russia. Russia quickly took control of the southern Kherson area and a portion of the adjoining Zaporizhzhia region when Putin launched soldiers into Ukraine on February 24.

The treaties for the regions to join Russia will be ratified by both chambers of the Kremlin-controlled Russian parliament next week, and then sent to Putin for his approval.

Putin and his lieutenants have sternly cautioned Ukraine against launching an effort to retake the areas, claiming that Russia would see such a move as an attack on its sovereign territory and would not hesitate to retaliate using all measures at its disposal, including its nuclear weapons.

Putin is attempting to prevent further setbacks in Ukraine that might endanger his 22-year rule by organising the elections in Ukraine and issuing the nuclear alert.

The majority of the Luhansk and Kherson areas are under Russian control, as well as around 60% of the Donetsk region and a sizable portion of the Zaporizhzhia region, where it has taken control of the biggest nuclear power plant in Europe.

When questioned about its ambitions, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Kremlin, stated that Moscow at the very least wants to free the whole Donetsk area.

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