Ukraine calls for increased weapons support in response to Russia referendum

Ukraine called on the West to significantly increase its military support after Russia held a referendum to annex four territories.

“We urge the EU, NATO and G7 to immediately increase further pressure on Russia, including imposing more severe sanctions, and significantly increase military aid to Kiev,” Ukraine’s foreign ministry said in a statement. announced today, after the 4 territories announced the results of the vote counting of the referendum on the annexation of Russia.

The agency wants the West to provide “tanks, combat aircraft, armored vehicles, long-range artillery, air defense systems, missile defense”. Kiev also called on “all countries and organizations in the world to immediately condemn Russia’s illegal actions in the territories it controls in Ukraine, strengthen the isolation of Moscow”.





Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on August 30.  Photo: AFP.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on August 30. Image: AFP.

The pro-Russian authorities in the four regions of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Lugansk and Donetsk announced on September 27 that they had counted all the votes in the referendum with the results of 93.11%, 87.05%, 98 respectively. .42% and 99.23% of voters chose to annex Russia.

Ukraine and the West condemned the votes as “illegal” and the results “fake”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine would protect its citizens in the above regions, describing the vote as a “farce”.

It is not clear whether the Ukrainian military will launch counter-offensive operations in the areas where the referendum was held, or how Russia will react if Kiev launches a new military operation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the votes had legal implications and “will also lead to security implications”, referring to Russia’s warning to use nuclear weapons to defend these territories. . However, Russia has not commented on the results of the vote counting in four regions. The Russian parliament may consider a bill to annex four regions in Ukraine on October 4.

The US has prepared a new round of sanctions against Russia if Moscow annexes these regions. President Joe Biden condemned the referendum and said the US never recognized the result. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced that he would sanction Russia over the “fake” referendum.





4 regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson of Ukraine.  Graphics: DW.

4 regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson of Ukraine. Graphics: DW.

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