Putin signs annexation of four parts of Ukraine: “They will be our citizens forever”

Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the annexation of four Ukrainian regions in a 40-minute speech on Friday.

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LRussian President Vladimir Putin launched his speech at the Kremlin on Friday to the country’s political elite on the annexation of Ukraine’s four regions, following “referendums” widely condemned by Kyiv and its Western allies.

“Today we are signing an agreement with Russia on the integration of these regions,” said Mr. Putin announced before the government, representatives and senators and other representatives of the Russian state.

Residents of Ukraine’s southern and eastern regions annexed by Russia will remain “our citizens forever,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday during a speech in the Kremlin. “The residents of Luhansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia become our citizens forever,” the Russian president told the country’s political elite. “The people voted for our common future,” he added, calling on Ukraine to “immediately stop hostilities.”

“We must immediately fire the Kiev regime, cease all hostilities and return to the negotiating table,” Putin said during a speech in the Kremlin to the government, deputies and senators and other representatives of the Russian government.

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The West accused Russia of wanting to “colonize” it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of wanting to “colonize” Russia during a speech in the Kremlin dedicated to the unification of four regions of southern and eastern Ukraine.

“The West is ready to do anything to protect the neo-colonial system that allows us to parasitize and literally plunder the whole world,” he denounced the Russian president before the political elite. “They want to see us as a colony,” he further alleged.

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