Attempts to annex Ukrainian territories are strongly criticized… “It is unacceptable in modern society.”
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has strongly criticized the referendum held in the Russian occupied territories in Ukraine.
Secretary-General Guterres said in a press conference held at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the 29th (local time), “Any decision made on the territory of Ukraine by vote has no legal effect and deserves condemnation.”
“It should never be tolerated,” he said.
Specifically, he said, “The annexation of another country’s territory by force or threat is a violation of the United Nations Charter and international law.”
Guterres’ comments are in line with the international community’s perception that the referendum is a fake vote that goes against international law.
Earlier, on the 23rd, Russia held a referendum for five days in four regions of Ukraine: Luhansk Oblast, Donetsk Oblast, Kherson Oblast and Zaporiza Oblast.
Despite the announcement that there were overwhelming votes in favor of the merger with Russia, criticism was expressed that the voting process itself was compulsory, such as the use of transparent, transparent ballot boxes.
Secretary-General Guterres also called Russia’s preparation of a declaration of annexation of four regions of Ukraine “an act of intensifying the crisis” and said it was “unacceptable in the modern international community.”