Putin annexes four regions of Ukraine in major escalation of Russia’s war
Russian president signs ‘accession treaties’ at Kremlin in defiance of international law and US responds with sanctions
Pjotr Sauer and Luke Harding in KyivFri 30 Sep 2022 12.25 EDT
Vladimir Putin has signed “accession treaties” formalising Russia’s illegal annexation of four occupied regions in Ukraine, marking the largest forcible takeover of territory in Europe since the second world war.
The signing ceremony, held in defiance of international law, took place in the Grand Kremlin Palace in the presence of the country’s political elites, and came on the heels of Kremlin-orchestrated fake referendums in the regions: Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Donetsk.