"We call on our partners to demonstrate to Russia that the only response to attempts at annexation, blackmail, and ultimatums will be to increase support for Ukraine for the victory of our state over the aggressor," MFA

Ukrainian News
Muarrir
28 September 2022, 18:05
Muarrir
28 September 2022, 18:05

On September 23-27, the Russian Federation organized a propaganda action called "referendums" in the temporarily occupied territories of the Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions of Ukraine. Forcing people in these territories to fill out some papers under the sights of the Russian military is another crime committed by Russia in the course of its aggression against Ukraine. With these actions, Russia grossly violates the Constitution and laws of our country, norms of international law and Russia's international obligations. This is stated in the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the fictitious "referendums" of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.

"This performance has nothing to do with the manifestation of will and does not have any consequences for the administrative-territorial system and internationally recognized borders of Ukraine. Ukraine and the international community condemn such actions of Russia and consider them worthless," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized.

All citizens of Ukraine who took part in the organization of this action together with the Russian occupiers will suffer a fair punishment in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. Competent authorities of Ukraine are already taking measures to track them down and bring them to justice.

"As in the case of Ukrainian Crimea, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions remain sovereign territories of Ukraine. Ukraine has every right to restore its territorial integrity by military and diplomatic methods, and will continue to liberate temporarily occupied territories," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Ukraine will never agree to any ultimatums from the Russian Federation. As for Moscow's attempts to create new demarcation lines or weaken international support for Ukraine, they are doomed to failure.

Russia consistently shows contempt for all those countries, that called for diplomacy.

"We expect that the relevant countries will draw conclusions about Russia's true intentions and increase their support for Ukraine in countering Russian aggression, and not cover up their inaction with aspirations to play the role of peacekeepers, which Russia does not need. Ukraine calls on all states and international organizations to immediately condemn the illegal actions of the Kremlin in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and to strengthen the isolation of Russia," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.

Ukraine calls on the EU, NATO, and the Group of Seven to immediately significantly increase the pressure on the aggressor state, including new tough sanctions against Russia, and significantly increase military support to Ukraine, including providing tanks, combat aircraft, armored vehicles, long-range artillery, and anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense equipment.

"We call on our partners to demonstrate to Russia that the only response to annexation attempts, blackmail, and ultimatums will be raise of support for Ukraine for the victory of our state over the aggressor," the Foreign Ministry said in the statement.