Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev vowed today that Russia would seize more territory in Ukraine, marking the one-year anniversary of the annexation of four Ukrainian provinces.

“The special military operation (in Ukraine) will continue until the complete destruction of the Nazi regime in Kiev and the liberation of the originally Russian territories from the hands of the enemy,” Medvedev wrote in a Telegram post.

“Victory will be ours. And more new territories will join Russia,” said the current number two in the Russian Security Council and a staunch supporter of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In a video message released by the Kremlin earlier today, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to rebuild the war-torn annexed Ukrainian provinces.

On September 30, 2022, Putin signed the documents annexing the Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson to Russia. Today, September 30, was declared “Day of Reunification” by Putin. The annexations were condemned by Kiev and Western countries, which deemed them “illegal” and have not been recognized by any country.