The Russian president has not given his arm to twist, Vladimir Putinwho staged this Friday in Moscow, the illegal annexation of four occupied ukrainian territorieson a mission that he has described as “liberating”.
With all the solemnity of the St. George Room of the Kremlin Palace, Putin has formalized the annexation to the Russian Federation of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and of the regions of Jershon and Zaporiyia.
“We urge the Kiev regime for an immediate ceasefire, to end the military actions and end the war that they started in 2014, and to resume negotiations. We are ready for it, we have said it many times. However, the The choice that the citizens of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhia, and Kherson have made is not up for discussion. The choice is made. And Russia will not betray them.”has highlighted Putin.
Moscow’s initiative has had a quick response in Kiev, where the Ukrainian president, Volodímir Zelenskihas requested the entry of his country into the Atlantic Alliance.
“We are de facto allies, we have already achieved that. Today Ukraine is asking for full accession. We know that it is possible. We have seen how Finland and Sweden have followed that path without a prior plan to become members of the Alliance, that it is fair, and it will be fair for Ukraine too”Zelensky pointed out.
Western countries have condemned Putin’s maneuver, an annexation “illegal” after some referendums “fraudulent”with which the Russian president tries to reconcile his own, flee forward in the field of fait accompli, to minimize the defeats suffered by his troops on the battlefield.