Russia signs an agreement on the annexation of four Ukrainian territories on the 30th… Putin to attend

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Reuters Yonhap News

AFP and TASS News reported on the 29th that Russia agreed to sign an agreement on the 30th (local time) for the incorporation of Russian territory into the four occupied Ukrainian territories.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a briefing on the same day that the signing ceremony of the agreement to annex the new territory to Russia was scheduled to take place on the 30th. President Vladimir Putin will attend the agreement signing ceremony held in the Kremlin at 3 pm on the 30th and give a speech.

Denis Pusilin, head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR); Between these days, they have gathered in Moscow.

Earlier, on the 27th, referendums were held in the four Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine asking whether they would annex the country with Russia or not. As a result of the counting of the votes, the territorial incorporation measure was passed with a vote of 87-99% in favor by region. The four occupied territories accounted for 15% of the total territory of Ukraine and were similar in size to the total territory of Portugal.

After signing an agreement for the annexation of occupied territories, Russia is expected to complete the annexation process through House and Senate ratification and the president’s final signature.

Ukraine and the West say they cannot accept the results of the referendum. The West is pushing for additional sanctions against Russia. The United States intends to follow a decision that it cannot recognize annexation votes, and if Russia, a permanent member of the Security Council, exercises veto power at the Security Council meeting, it will be referred to the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Once the territorial annexation process is complete, Russia will have an excuse to consider Ukraine’s attempt to regain the territory of Ukraine as an attack on Russian territory. This raises concerns that Russia could use nuclear weapons in the name of defending its territory. President Putin previously issued a mobilization order for reserve forces on the 21st, saying, “I will definitely use all means to protect the country and the people.”

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