The EU condemns the “illegal” annexation and assures that it will never recognize these areas as part of Russia

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They emphasize that the referenda are “an escalation” of Russian aggression and that they represent a violation of international law

The twenty-seven reacted in unison and with determination to Vladimir Putin’s announcement of the annexation of the occupied territories of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya to Russia. “We strongly reject and condemn the annexation of the Ukrainian regions (…). These acts are contrary to the international order and the fundamental rights of independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine,” the statement said.

Similarly, the European Union points out that it will never recognize the Russian “illegal” referendums in these areas, the results of which are “false and illegal”. The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has expressed a similar view, emphasizing that “Putin’s proclamation will not change anything”. “All areas illegally occupied by the Russian invaders are and will always be part of Ukraine,” he added.

The condemnation of the European leaders is unanimous. European Council President Charles Michel also condemned Putin’s announcement, stressing that the EU will never recognize this illegal annexation. For his part, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, has described the annexation as a “serious violation of international law and the United Nations treaties”.

The bloc has expressed concern in recent weeks about the escalation of Russian forces in its aggression against Ukraine. The mobilization of 300,000 reservists, threats to use nuclear weapons and illegal referendums have led Europe to propose an eighth package of sanctions against Moscow, which aims to further restrict trade with the country, impacting Russia at EUR 7,000 million. could have. The EU will also expand the list of sanctioned companies and individuals, which already has more than 1,300 names.

Source: La Verdad

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