Russian TV showed what it called a party in Luhansk to commemorate the annexation of the territory to Russia. In the Kremlin, President Vladimir Putin signed the documents, along with the leaders of the four areas that, together, represent 15% of Ukrainian territory.
The territories of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.
Putin marked the move with a pop concert and a speech in which he assured that he would win the war and stressed that the only way to peace would be for Ukraine to suspend all military activities.
In Kiev, President Volodymyr Zelensky reacted by calling for accelerated entry into NATO. But the organization has said since the beginning of the war that to accept Ukraine now would be to declare the beginning of a world war, because it would be obliged to defend it against Russia.
A few hours before Putin’s speech on the Red Square in Moscow, the New York police were called to check what was happening in the Russian consulate building, which dawned in red.
According to the interpretation of many New Yorkers, the red paint symbolizes the blood already shed in this war.
At the United Nations (UN), Russia vetoed a resolution that would condemn the country for annexing the four regions of Ukraine.
Brazil, China, India and Gabon abstained from voting.
US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said she will put the resolution to a vote at the organization’s General Assembly.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres considers the annexation of Ukrainian territories a dangerous intensification of the war.
National Security Council spokesman Jake Sullivan said the US takes Russia’s threats about the possibility of using nuclear weapons in the conflict seriously. But, he assured, the Americans have so far seen no sign that Putin is preparing for it.
Source: CNN Brasil