04 October 2022

Russia's Federation Council Ratifies Annexation of Four Ukrainian Regions


Moscow, October 04 (QNA) - The Russian Federal Council, at a plenary session held today, unanimously approved the laws on the ratification of four international treaties on accepting the accession of the regions (Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia) to Russia.

According to the Russian agency, Sputnik, "The agreements stipulate that from today the regions are accepted into Russia, two republics and two provinces will be formed, and they will retain their current names.

Their leaders will receive the status of governors. Russian President Vladimir Putin will also appoint the acting directors of the regions within 10 years, days from the date of its acceptance, while regional governments will be formed in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.

The agreement also stipulated that a transitional period would apply from the day the regions were accepted into Russia until Jan. 1, 2026.

According to the laws, it is proposed that the armed forces, military formations and specialized bodies in these areas be included in the Russian Armed Forces. It also stipulates that persons residing in the new Russian lands, as well as those who previously lived in these territories but left for Russia, will acquire Russian citizenship.

Yesterday, the Russian parliament unanimously adopted constitutional laws on Russia's annexation of four Ukrainian regions.

It is noteworthy that Russian President Vladimir Putin announced earlier that the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson have become Russian, stressing during a ceremony in the Kremlin for the annexation ceremonies that the annexation of the four new regions to the Russian Federation crosses of the popular will of millions, and that the inhabitants of those regions became forever Russian citizens.

The authorities appointed by Moscow in four regions of Ukraine had organized urgent referendums on joining Russia, from 23 to 27 September.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky denounced the referendums held in the Russian-controlled parts of Ukraine to approve the proposals to join Russia, saying that they can never be described as legitimate.

Zelensky stressed that his country would "move to defend its people" in the areas controlled by Russian forces, which voted in "referendums" in favor of joining Russia.

In turn, US President Joe Biden strongly condemned Russia's announcement of the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, stressing that his country will not recognize this process.



General, International, World countries, Russia
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