The so-called referendums occurred in Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia.
Russian dictator Vladimir Putin “annexed” four parts of Ukraine after sham referendums this week.
The so-called referendums occurred in Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia. Russian-backed forces have controlled Donetsk and Luhansk since 2014, the same year Russia took over Crimea. Russian forces took over Kherson and Zaporizhzhia after they invaded again in February.
— Abhishek Jha (@abhishekjha157) September 30, 2022
No one has recognized the takeover of Crimea. No one will recognize this annex either. Time for more strongly worded letters, empty threats, and empty promises to Ukraine.
You all know I am anti-intervention. But put up or shut up. Stop giving Ukraine hope.
Anyway, Putin hailed the areas return to their “great motherland” as he promised to “rebuild towns and villages.” The annexation is “non-negotiable” since the people in the regions made “their choice.”
As he announces the Kremlin's intention to illegally annex nearly a fifth of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin says the people who live in these regions "are becoming our citizens forever" https://t.co/Mco3iwWgaj pic.twitter.com/TFPiydMlwi
— CNN (@CNN) September 30, 2022
Putin made another attempt to awaken the Cold War fully (remember it never ended, just dozed off to a nap with an eye open) by attacking the West and its efforts to break up Russia:
The West wants to take over Russia with its new currencies and technological developments, he claims, adding that the West is trying to cancel Russia’s culture.
“They are restless that such a rich country exists”, pointing to Russia’s vast mineral and other resources.
The Russian economy has been hit by sanctions since the invasion of Ukraine in February, with the European Union trying to wean itself off gas imports.
The West is “greedy” and wants Russia as a “colony.”
“They want to see us as a crowd of slaves,” Putin insisted.
Putin also claimed satanism has taken over the West. He provided more ammo for the leftists to call us Russian agents when we reject their social justice agendas:
Vladimir Putin, in a speech that tilted heavily to criticism of the West, rejected transgender rights and said part of his mission was to safeguard traditional values, writes Nataliya Vasilyeva.
He said the West has been “denying religion and families” and asked Russians if they were ready to sacrifice their traditional values for the sake of integration with the West.
“Would you like Mum and Dad in Russia, in our country, to be replaced with Parent Number 1 or Parent Number 2?” he said.
“Do we really want our children taught from primary school about perversion and a path to degradation … the idea that there are other genders other than man and woman and ideas about gender reassignment surgery?
Russian President Putin:
– We're witnessing sheer satanism in West
– Do we want our children to be offered operations on sex changes? It's unacceptable!
– Our future is different. We're fighting for a great, historic Russia pic.twitter.com/BzkDAuRLbl
— TRT World Now (@TRTWorldNow) September 30, 2022
In a scene you’d see in any movie about Big Brother, the audience broke out into thunderous applause when Putin stressed, “They don’t need Russia. We need Russia!”
The Russian-appointed leaders of the four regions signed the formal documents.
✅ 📄 The ceremony of signing agreements on the incorporation of new territories into Russia has ended in the Kremlin
People present there and Putin also chant "Russia, Russia, Russia" after Putin signed documents to incorporate the new teritories… pic.twitter.com/YNZO9BbnH9
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZmilitary1) September 30, 2022
The audience yelled, “Russia! Russia! Russia!” after the signing.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signs documents to annex occupied Ukraine lands "forever" during a ceremony at the Kremlin, formalizing Europe's biggest land grab since World War II https://t.co/Rs44aJ5ruJ pic.twitter.com/m2ecIqpccI
— Bloomberg (@business) September 30, 2022
🚨🇷🇺 Both Putin and Russia are Over. This is their last hurrah. pic.twitter.com/rEo73AKJwF
— Terror Alarm (@Terror_Alarm) September 30, 2022
The ceremony was held in the St. George Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace. pic.twitter.com/bTKZwqbcq1
— Abhishek Jha (@abhishekjha157) September 30, 2022
The BBC spelled out the next steps, which happened after the Crimea annexation in 2014:
- This evening, a concert will take place on Red Square. Reports on Telegram suggest some people are being paid to attend and have been encouraged to bring flags. Earlier this week, Mediazona reported that students were being invited to attend in exchange for university credits
- A similar rally took place in 2014, after the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, which Putin attended, and at which he gave a speech
- The Constitutional Court will then have to approve the annexations – happening in the next few days
- Once the Constitutional Court’s approval has come through, the State Duma will approve agreements and adopt amendments to the Constitution increasing the size of the Russian Federation
- The documents will then approved by the Federation Council, after which the decision of the Duma is officially signed by Vladimir Putin
- The process is expected to be completed by 4 October but this is the Russian legal process and the annexations will not be recognised by the international community
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