November 30, 2022

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Russians take over eastern regions: Kremlin annexes Ukrainian territories

The Russians conquered the eastern regions
Kremlin seals annexation of Ukrainian territories

The illegally annexed Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Cherson and Zaporizhia were declared Russian state territory after President Putin signed the relevant laws. The territories are now officially under nuclear protection.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed laws previously passed by the State Duma and Federation Council to integrate four Ukrainian regions into Russian territory, as announced by the Kremlin in Moscow.

This means these areas are officially under nuclear protection. However, Moscow currently controls only parts of these areas in southern and eastern Ukraine. Ukraine has recently repeatedly reported land gains there. Initially, the regions will be led by officials appointed by Moscow, as regional parliaments will not be elected until September next year.

According to the decrees signed by Putin, former separatist leader Denys Pussilin will be appointed as head of the Donetsk region and local separatist leader Leonid Bascheknyk as head of Luhansk. Evgeny Balizki, the previous governor there, will take charge of the Zaporizhia region. Vladimir Zalto became the head of the Kherson region. He was previously the board chairman.

Ukraine is pushing for an accelerated NATO accession process

Putin signed internationally unrecognized annexation agreements with Moscow-backed occupiers. Along with the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, annexed in 2014, Russia controls more than 16 percent of Ukraine’s territory seven months after its war of aggression began. The United Nations General Assembly plans to take up the merger in an emergency session next Monday.

According to Russian information, the unification of the regions is now taking place gradually. They should keep their names. By early 2023, the Russian currency, the ruble, should be the only official means of payment there. For example, in Kherson, you can still pay in Ukrainian currency. In response to integration, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for the country’s accelerated accession to NATO.

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