Russia: After the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, finally Vladimir Putin has announced the new development in the Ukraine region.
Vladimir Putin said on Friday that, as a result of this week’s sham referendums, four Ukrainian provinces would join Russia. This action is anticipated to spark a wave of sanctions and strong criticism from other countries. The announcement represented the most recent escalation in Russia’s seven-month conflict in Ukraine, where its armed forces have sustained surprisingly significant casualties that have damaged Putin’s reputation at home and resulted in hate among his own people.
President Vladimir Putin announced there are “four new regions of #Russia” as he announced the formal annexation of the Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk regions of #Ukraine.https://t.co/YP96N90Xt0
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On Friday, in a speech at the Kremlin, Putin said, “I’m convinced the federal assembly will accept the laws of formation of the four new regions in Russia, four new subjects of the Russian Federation.” “Because millions of people want this,” the person replied.
Four Annex Ukrainian Territories
Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia would be integrated into Russia, according to Putin, who also promised to safeguard them using “all available means” during the event. They will join the Crimean peninsula which was invaded by Russia in 2014 following a more restrained invasion of Ukraine.
Vladimir Putin’s Stand
The majority of states will not recognize the land as Russian because the annexations are illegal under international law. Putin also requested a cease-fire and a return to the negotiating table from Kyiv, but he made it clear that the annexations would not be on the table for discussion.
“We won’t discuss the decision made by the people of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya, and Kherson. It was created. Russia won’t betray it, according to Putin.
There are four new regions of Russia: Putin declares annexation of Ukrainian territories
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The remainder of his address was primarily used to spread rumors and charges against the West, which he claimed was engaging in a “hybrid-war” with Russia. In an attempt to depict the current situation, he used the phrase “the dollar as a power tool” to describe how the West is promoting a “neo-colonial” system.
New Sanctions and Warning Issued To Russia
This week, new warnings about Russia’s impending isolation from the rest of the world were issued in response to the expected announcement, amid concerns that Putin would use it to justify escalating the conflict by saying that the Ukrainians were now targeting Russian territory.
Ben Wallace, the UK’s defense secretary, tweeted on Friday morning, “The UK will never recognize Russia’s illegitimate annexations in Ukraine.” Some of these oblasts are even outside of Russian control. In reality, Russia is losing the war in Ukraine, and its inept generals are killing thousands of people to appease President Putin’s imperialist fantasies.
On Friday, the United Nations was getting ready to discuss a resolution sponsored by the United States that rejected the most recent territorial claims and urged Russia to withdraw all of its troops from Ukraine. Diplomats are thinking about bringing the proposal before the General Assembly since Russia has a veto in the U.N. Security Council, which typically handles such issues.
Secretary-General António Guterres issued a warning at U.N. headquarters in New York, stating that the annexation “would have no legal value and deserves to be denounced.” The “so-called referenda” were held outside of Ukraine’s legal and constitutional framework during an ongoing military conflict in areas that Russia occupied, he told reporters. They cannot be referred to as authentic reflections of the will of the people, Guterres continued.
Putin’s most recent provocation also resulted in a resounding commitment from Washington and its allies in Europe to continue supporting Ukraine’s resistance. In response to the Russian declaration, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “The United States and our allies and partners will continue to assist Ukraine in its fight to defend its territory against Russian aggression.” Blinken also criticized what he called a transgression of international law. Both parties of Congress have called for further international pressure on Moscow, including more stringent economic penalties.
“The international community must categorically condemn this unlawful land grab and reiterate our commitment to aiding Ukraine in its self-defense,” said Idaho Senator Jim Risch, the committee’s senior Republican.
The Non-Recognition of Russian Annexation of Ukrainian Territory Act, which would make it U.S. policy not to recognize any Russian claims over Ukrainian territory, is another piece of legislation that Congress is working to approve. And on Thursday, senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced legislation that would halt military and economic assistance to any nation that formally acknowledges the annexation of the disputed regions by Russia.
Putin’s tactics have been compared to those of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in the 1930s when he grabbed German-speaking territories of Czechoslovakia and Poland and similarly held predetermined. After decades of overusing Hitler analogies, Daniel Fried, a former ambassador to Poland and current scholar at the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think group, said, “The parallels are unsettling. The future is unpredictable and dangerous because Putin is escalating.
Rajan Menon, director of grand strategy at Defense Priorities, which promotes moderation in foreign policy, noted that “the vote will obliterate whatever chances — limited at best, to begin with — remain for a political settlement between Russia and Ukraine based on mutual compromises.” The war will continue to rage as a result.
Let’s see how Putin handles these new sanctions and how the rest of the world reacts to the action of Russia.