Sham referendums: Putin recognizes Kherson and Zaporizhia as independent

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Putin recognizes Kherson and Zaporizhia as independent

Russian President Vladimir Putin opposes international law.  Photo: Gavriil Grigorov/Pool Sputnik Kremlin/AP/dpa

Russian President Vladimir Putin opposes international law. photo

© Gavriil Grigorov/Pool Sputnik Kremlin/AP/dpa

After sham referendums, Russia wants to annex the occupied Ukrainian territories in violation of international law. This is not recognized internationally.

The Russian President Wladimir Putin recognized the occupied Ukrainian territories of Cherson and Zaporizhia as independent states in a further act contrary to international law.

The corresponding decrees of the head of the Kremlin were published in Moscow on Friday night (local time). According to Moscow’s internationally criticized approach, the decrees are a prerequisite for the regions to be able to apply for admission to the Russian Federation this Friday. In mock referendums had previously had the areas voted on joining Russia.

On February 21, Putin had already recognized the independence of the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, which call themselves “People’s Republics”. All four areas are applying to join Russia, which Putin wants to formalize at a ceremony in the Kremlin this Friday. The annexations are not recognized internationally, they are considered a breach of international law, which Ukraine does not want to accept.

The Ukrainian leadership has demanded more heavy weapons from the West in order to liberate their territories. Putin had already stressed that the regions would be under the protection of nuclear power Russia in the future. An attack on the territories will be treated like an attack on Russia. Putin said the country would use all available means to defend itself.

Russia’s actions are internationally recognized as crimes against the territorial integrity of the Ukraine viewed. No state recognizes that.


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