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Ukraine submits “fast track” application to join NATO after Russia’s annexation

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Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement of the annexation of four partially-occupied Ukrainian areas, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated on Friday that his nation is submitting an “accelerated” application to join the NATO military alliance.

Zelenskyy stated, “We are taking our crucial move by signing Ukraine’s application for fast membership to NATO. According to a statement made public by the European Council, the Kremlin has been charged with endangering international security. The European Council is an organisation made up of the presidents of the 27 member states of the European Union.

Leaders of the European Union swore not to “ever accept” Russia’s “illegal” takeover of the Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson.

The member nations reportedly stated that they would never recognise the fraudulent and unlawful results of the illegitimate “referenda” that Russia organised to cover up this another violation of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.

The member nations declared the decision to be invalid and said that it was incapable of having any sort of legal impact. “Ukraine includes Crimea, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Luhansk. We demand that this unlawful annexation be categorically rejected by all nations and international organisations “the sentence included

The annexation of four regions—Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia—was officially proclaimed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. He said that “this is the choice of millions of people.”

Putin reportedly stated that the inhabitants of the four annexed territories will henceforth be “citizens for life” of Russia.

In a lengthy address at a Kremlin event announcing the acquisition of Ukrainian territory, Putin stated, “There are four new regions of Russia.” According to media reports, the address was replete with harsh criticism of Ukraine and its Western backers.

Putin criticised Western nations, who have imposed severe sanctions on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine, while simultaneously denying that he was trying to revive the Soviet Union through the aforementioned annexation.

Putin went on to say that Russia will now protect its new territory “with all the tools at its disposal” in a resounding declaration.

According to media reports, the Russian President defended his country’s choice to hold the referendum and declare the annexation of the area by saying that the residents of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia had an “integral right” to become a part of Russia.

Putin went on to say that the residents of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine were “victims of cruel terrorist acts carried out by the Kyiv dictatorship.”

Additionally, he referred to the referendum’s outcome as “the will of millions of people.”

President Putin has issued a proclamation recognising the purported “independence” of the Ukrainian provinces Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, marking a significant move by Russia.

Additionally, according to media sources, the UN Security Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution on Friday that will criticise Russia for holding referenda in four territories that it controls but that Ukraine claims.

Any acquisition of a state’s territory by another state brought about by a “threat or use of force,” according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, is against international law and the UN charter.

According to reports in the media, on Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused Russia of annexing parts of Ukraine and declared that this was against international law. The senior US ambassador declared that the US will never recognise Moscow’s annexation, calling Moscow’s action a “land grab.”

Blinken stated in a statement that “the Kremlin’s phoney referenda are a failed effort to disguise what amounts to a further attempt at a land grab in Ukraine.”

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