Western condemns Russia’s plans to divide four regions from Ukraine
On September 21, the BBC reported that Western nations had condemned Russia’s plans to hold a five-day referendum from Friday, September 23, in four Ukrainian regions occupied by Russia, including the Luhansk region and the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine as well with Zaporizhia region and Herzon region in the south of Ukraine should all four regions be part of Russia
Oluf Scholtz, German Chancellor Condemns Russia’s plan to hold a referendum as fake French President Emmanuel Macron said the referendum was a mockery of democracy.
Mr Macron told reporters in New York, USA, who are attending the UN General Assembly: “If the idea of a Donbas regional referendum were not so tragic it would be ridiculous,” he pleaded with neutral nations to change their stance on the war in Ukraine, saying that silence or collusion was an “irreparable” historical mistake
US National Security Adviser Jake Sulililan said the US would not accept the referendum. By declaring an insult to the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) also said the referendum plan would intensify the war. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said in a statement that any referendum by aggressive forces is against international law and will have no legal powers.
Fake referenda have no legitimacy and do not change nature #Russia‘ aggressive war against #Ukraine. This is a further escalation in Putin’s war. The international community must condemn this flagrant violation of international law and increase support for Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/NdcN3tO6Sy
— Jens Stoltenberg (@jensstoltenberg) September 20, 2022
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the allies for their support amid the troubling news from Russia. And he is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly via video link. (video link) on the same day
Earlier, it was reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin would make his own statement, which was rare. Tuesday night, September 20, which is likely to be a referendum discussion. or wider military mobilization in Ukraine. But in the end, no statement came out. It is expected that the schedule will be postponed until today as well.
The plan to hold a referendum within the next few days Many see it as an effort by President Putin to speed up the process of annexation of Ukraine by Russia. And it happened after the Ukrainian army retaliated against the territory occupied by Russia. The Ukrainian government claims that 8,000 square kilometers of territory has been seized by the Ukrainian army this month. As a result, Russian forces had to retreat.
Coordinating the reoccupation of Ukrainian territory could allow Russia to claim that Not only Russian forces but the territory they occupied was under attack by Western weapons as the battle continued. Because many Western nations have given weapons to Ukraine to help defend the country.
Pro-Russian leaders in four regions supported the referendum. Leonid Pezechnik, head of the Russian representative administration in the Luhansk region, said: “This is our shared dream and our common future.”
Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said the referendum would restore historical justice. and that the referendum cannot be reversed.
The referendum plans in the four regions reflect the referendum on the annexation of the Crimean peninsula. south of Ukraine It belonged to Russia in 2014.
in Donetsk region and Luhansk region. The representative Russian administration has also existed since 2014, and President Putin later recognized independence on February 21, three days before the February 24 attack on Ukraine began.
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