Fake referendums in Ukraine violate international law, says NATO chief

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The “false referendums” in Ukraine are a “blatant violation of international law”, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday.

“The false referendums held by Russia have no legitimacy and are a blatant violation of international law. These lands are Ukraine,” the NATO chief wrote on Twitter.

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Stoltenberg said he had just spoken with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, with whom he “has made it clear that NATO allies are unshakable in [seu] support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and the right of self-defence”.

Accession

On Tuesday (27), the Russian state news agency RIA reported that the first partial results of the vote of four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine, which began on Friday (23), showed an overwhelming majority of residents in favor. accession to Russia.

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According to the RIA, initial counts showed support for membership ranging from 96.97% in the Kherson region, based on 14% of votes counted, to 98.19% in Zaporizhzhia, based on 18% of the count.

However, the referendums are classified as “a farce” by the capital Kiev and the West.

Voting took place over five days in four regions – Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson – which make up about 15% of Ukrainian territory.

The process paves the way for President Vladimir Putin to annex the four areas. After that, he could classify any Ukrainian attempt to recapture them as an attack on Russia itself.

He said on September 21 that he was willing to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia’s “territorial integrity”.

Ukraine has repeatedly warned that Russian annexation of additional territory would destroy any chance of peace talks.



Source: CNN Brasil

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