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Russia approves annexation of Ukraine regions on Friday, US backs Kyiv with weapons

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Russia’s president announced on Thursday that Russia would approve the annexation of the Ukrainian regions it controls on Friday, and the announcement came after a “referendum” was held on the annexation of four Ukrainian regions partially controlled by Moscow, the namely, Donetsk and Luhansk in the east and Kherson. and Zaporozhye to the south. Western countries and Kyiv rated the Russian annexation referendum as “false” and emphasized that they do not recognize the annexation of these regions.

In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine, which is not recognized by the international community. The annexation of Ukrainian regions reflects Russia’s escalation in its invasion of Ukraine.

We offer the latest developments from the crisis in Ukraine:

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Russia’s president announced on Thursday that Russia will ratify the annexation of the regions of Ukraine it controls at a ceremony in the Kremlin on Friday, during which Vladimir Putin will deliver a speech.

The signing ceremony of the agreements on the accession of new territories to the Russian Federation will be held in the Kremlin at 15:00. “President Vladimir Putin will deliver an important speech on this occasion.”

The announcement came after a “referendum” was held on the annexation of four Ukrainian regions partially controlled by Moscow, namely Donetsk and Luhansk in the east and Kherson and Zaporizhia in the south. Western countries and Kyiv rated the Russian annexation referendum as “false” and emphasized that they do not recognize the annexation of these regions.

In 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in southern Ukraine, which is not recognized by the international community. The annexation of Ukrainian regions reflects Russia’s escalation in its invasion of Ukraine.

Several Russian officials and commentators have said that once Russia annexes these lands and considers them part of its territory, Moscow will be able to use nuclear weapons to “protect” them. Putin announced last week that Russia is ready to use “all means” in its arsenal to “protect” its territory. “It’s not a lie,” he said.

We offer the latest developments from the crisis in Ukraine:

Leaders of Ukraine’s breakaway regions to complete annexation process in Moscow

The leaders of four breakaway regions of Russian-controlled Ukraine are visiting Moscow to finalize the process of annexing these territories to Russian sovereignty.

Moscow-appointed officials for Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk provinces and southern Ukraine’s Zaporozhye and Kherson provinces arrived in Moscow by air late on Wednesday, Russian news agencies reported.

“I’m in Moscow,” said Leonid Pasechnik, who was appointed by Moscow to be in charge of the eastern Luhansk region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will receive them to ratify the annexation of these territories to Russian territory. On Wednesday, four separatist officials sent “official” requests to Putin about this.

New US military aid to Ukraine

The US Department of Defense (Pentagon) announced on Wednesday that it will provide $1.1 billion in new military aid to Ukraine in the form of arms orders from the US defense industry.

This new package aims to strengthen the country’s defense capabilities in the medium and long term and includes, in particular, 18 “HIMARS” missile launchers, distinguished by their accuracy.

The United States has delivered 16 HIMAR launchers to the Ukrainian military so far. Mounted on light armored vehicles, these launchers played a significant role in the success of the recent counter-offensive launched by Kyiv forces against Russian forces.

The package also includes 150 armored Humvees, 150 weapons delivery systems, radar and air defense systems, the US Department of Defense said in a statement.

It is not about arming Ukrainian forces, which are currently fighting Russian forces in the east and south of the country, but equipment that will not be delivered to Kyiv for several months.

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Source: EuroNews

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