Speaking at the signing ceremony of the decree on the annexation of the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozye regions on September 30, President Vladimir Putin stated: “Moscow is ready to negotiate with Kiev. However, we call on Kiev. end all hostilities, stop the war that broke out in 2014 and return to the negotiating table. At the same time, we will not “betray” the regions that want to be part of Russia. make their choices”.
The Russian leader also asked Ukraine to “respect the free choice” of residents in the four regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozye. “That is the only way to achieve peace,” said President Vladimir Putin.
President Vladimir Putin signed two decrees recognizing the “independence and sovereignty” of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions on September 30. Photo: Kremlin
On September 30 (local time, the evening of September 30 in Vietnam time), President Vladimir Putin held a ceremony to sign a decree on merging the regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozye.
Earlier, TASS news agency reported that the Russian leader signed two decrees recognizing the “independence and sovereignty” of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions in southern Ukraine.
The head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin at a ceremony on September 30. Photo: Kremlin
This decision of President Vladimir Putin is said to be “based on the principles and practices of universally recognized international law, the principle of equality, the right to self-determination of peoples spelled out in the Charter of the United Nations.” United Nations”, as well as “people’s wishes at referendums”.
The referendums on the annexation of Russia took place in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) in the Donbas region (Eastern Ukraine), 2 regions Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in Southern Ukraine from September 23 to September 27.
According to the referendum results published by Russia, the percentage of voters in favor of Russia annexation in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk respectively was 87.05%, 93.23%, 99.23% and 98.42, respectively. %.
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