Ukraine: Impossible for Kyiv to negotiate with Moscow after the referendums

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“Russia’s recognition of the fake referendums”, the “implementation of the Crimean scenario”, the “latest attempt to annex part of the Ukrainian territory” means “that we cannot discuss with the current Russian president” Vladimir Putin, Mr. Zelensky said in his taped intervention broadcast during the SA meeting.

Kyiv cannot even hold talks with Moscow after the organization of referendums on the annexation of four Ukrainian regions to Russia, where the “yes” vote was already announced last Tuesday night, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told his Security Council UN.

“Russia’s recognition of the fake referendums”, the “implementation of the Crimean scenario”, the “latest attempt to annex part of the Ukrainian territory” means “that we cannot discuss with the current Russian president” Vladimir Putin, Mr. Zelensky said in his taped intervention broadcast during the SA meeting.

He spoke before preliminary results were announced in referendums in Kherson, Zaporizhia and Lugansk, where “yes” to joining Russia won by a wide margin, according to results announced by pro-Russian authorities. Later, the victory of “yes” was also announced by the authorities of Donetsk.

In his intervention at the UN, the Ukrainian president denounced the referendums, according to him a “farce” with results determined “in advance”.

He called Russia’s “annexation of territories” of Ukraine “the most barbaric violation of the United Nations Charter.” From Mr. Zelensky’s point of view, Russia should be “expelled from all international organizations” for its actions, or at least suspended from them.

“Threats to use nuclear weapons have become a constant of Russian officials and propagandists,” he further complained, as the Kremlin recalled on Tuesday that Russian military doctrine foresees the use of such weapons in the event of an attack on Russian territory.

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