"Referendums" of annexation by Moscow: Volodymyr Zelensky hails the support of the West

The Head of State believes, like many Western leaders, that these referendums should not be recognized.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday downplayed the importance of “referendums” for the annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia while welcoming the condemnation of this project by the West.

“I thank all of Ukraine’s friends and partners for their massive and firm condemnation of Russia’s intentions to organize yet another pseudo-referendum,” he said in his traditional address.

The West denounces in unison

Among the first leaders to react, Emmanuel Macron spoke of a “parody” of referendums. The French leader has also spoken on the subject since the General Assembly of the United Nations, and assured that he was to discuss in the days to come with Vladimir Putin.

Washington, for its part, castigated “simulacra” of referendums. “The United States will never recognize Russia’s claims to allegedly annexed parts of Ukraine,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said in a press briefing.

NATO, through its secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, denounced a “new escalation of the war” on the part of Russia. Same story in Germany, since Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke of “fictitious referendums” which are “not acceptable”.

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