Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky stated Friday that Kyiv would not negotiate with Russia – which annexed 4 territories in Ukraine – as lengthy as President Vladimir Putin was in electricity. At a grand ceremony in the Kremlin, Putin annexed Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine managed by his military and urged Kyiv to lay down its arms and negotiate an finish to 7 months of combating.
“Ukraine will not maintain any negotiations with Russia as lengthy as Putin is the president of the Russian Federation. We will negotiate, but with the new president,” Zelensky stated.
The Ukraine chief also stated he is requesting rapid-keep track of NATO membership. “We have by now confirmed our compatibility with (NATO) alliance criteria,” Zelensky stated in a online video posted by the Ukrainian presidency on social media.
“We are having a decisive action by signing Ukraine’s software for accelerated accession to NATO,” he additional.
“By trying to annex Ukraine’s Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson areas, (Russian President Vladimir) Putin attempts to get territories he won’t even bodily manage on the floor. Nothing at all improvements for Ukraine: we carry on liberating our land and our folks, restoring our territorial integrity,” Ukraine’s overseas minister Dmytro Kuleba stated on social media.
Putin was defiant in the course of an tackle to Russia’s most senior political elite, telling the West the land get was irreversible and contacting on Ukraine’s emboldened military to give up and negotiate a surrender.
“I want to say this to the Kyiv routine and its masters in the West: Individuals dwelling in Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia are starting to be our citizens endlessly,” Putin stated.
The packed corridor erupted to chants of “Russia! Russia” immediately after the 4 leaders inked the offer, and Putin – almost never viewed building bodily get in touch with because the pandemic – joined arms with his proxy leaders and was demonstrated shouting alongside in unison on condition Tv set.
Primary up to the ceremony Putin warned he could use nuclear weapons to keep manage of the territories as Kyiv vowed the go would make no variance to its aims of kicking out Russian troops.
Ukraine’s closest backer, Washington, stated it would “in no way” recognise Russia’s authority in the areas.
(With inputs from companies)