We will never recognize illegal annexation of Russia: European Union

The leaders of the European Union they condemned the russian annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, pointing out that they undermine the international order and is a violation of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“We do not recognize and we will never recognize illegal ‘referendums’ that Russia has designed as a pretext for this new violation of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, nor its falsified and illegal results,” they said in a statement.

Furthermore, the EU pointed out that will strengthen its restrictive measures and they will increase “even more pressure” against Moscow.

Finally, the members of the commission reiterated their support for Ukrainewhich, they argued, “is exercising its legitimate right to defend itself against Russian aggression in order to regain full control of its territory.”

For her part, the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyenstated that the annexation “will not change anything”.

“All the territories illegally occupied by the Russian invaders are Ukrainian lands and will always be part of this sovereign nation,” he wrote on Twitter.

This Friday, the president of Russia, Vladimir Putinproclaimed the annexation to the Russian Federation of the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia.

During a symbolic act in the Kremlin, and in the presence of the main authorities of the country and of the pro-Russian leaders of the four Ukrainian regions, Putin stated that “they will be Russian citizens forever.”

Putin defended that it responds to the desire of “millions of citizens”, who have their “right” to ask to join Russia by virtue of the principle of self-determination of peoples which, as he has pointed out, is also contemplated by the United Nations itself.

In contrast, several European countries denounce that such actions are contrary to the Charter of the United Nations and international law.

(With information from Europe Press)