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New Regions Join Russia
On September 19, the civic chambers of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics appealed to authorities to hold referendums to become part of Russia. The initiative was joined by the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.
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Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine in February in response to calls for help from the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics, as Kiev intensified its attacks on the regions.
The republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and the Ukrainian regions of Zaporozhye and Kherson held referendums on the accession to Russia from September 23-27, with the majority voting in favor of joining Russia.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed decrees recognizing the independence and sovereignty of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.
The DPR and the LPR proclaimed their independence from Ukraine in 2014 after holding self-determination referendums.
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US House Speaker Pelosi Reportedly Stops Short of Backing Ukraine's NATO Bid
23:49 GMT 30.09.2022
US to Request Emergency UN General Assembly Session to Condemn Russia - Envoy
23:24 GMT 30.09.2022
World Bank to Mobilize Another $530Mln to Support Ukraine - Statement
22:03 GMT 30.09.2022
An unexploded shell is seen on the territory of the sunflower oil extraction plant damaged by shelling in the town of Pologi, Zaporozhye region. - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.09.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
Death Toll From Ukraine’s Attack on Civilian Car Convoy Up to 30 - Zaporozhye Official
19:44 GMT 30.09.2022
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.09.2022
New Regions Join Russia
Russia Vetoes UNSC Draft Resolution Rejecting Referendum Results in Former Ukraine Regions
19:20 GMT 30.09.2022
White House: US Will Announce Immediate Security Assistance to Ukraine Next Week
18:22 GMT 30.09.2022
UN Security Council Draft Resolution Condemns Russia for 'Unlawful' Actions - Document
The United Nations Security Council draft resolution submitted by the United States and Albania and to be voted on Friday afternoon, condemns Russia for its "unlawful" actions.
"Deploring the Russian Federation’s unlawful actions with regards to the illegal so-called referenda taken on 23 to 27 September 2022 as attempts to modify Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders," the draft resolution says.
18:21 GMT 30.09.2022
18:10 GMT 30.09.2022
Biden Says He's Been in Touch With Allies on Russia, Allies Fully Prepared to Defend Every Single Inch of NATO Territory
President Joe Biden said on Friday that the United States is prepared to defend every inch of NATO territory and he has been in close touch with NATO allies on this matter, after several former parts of Ukraine acceded to Russia.
"America is fully prepared with our NATO allies to defend every single inch of NATO territory, every inch," Biden said during a press conference. "Mr. Putin, don't misunderstand what I'm saying: every inch. I've been in close touch with our allies ... I've been in close touch with our NATO allies who are united in our resolve to take on [Putin's] his aggression."
17:24 GMT 30.09.2022
17:10 GMT 30.09.2022
UN Chief's Remarks on Referendums Did Not Mean to Insult Russia - Office
UN chief Antonio Guterres did not mean to insult Russia with his statements on the accession referendums, he was fulfilling his duties as the secretary general, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Friday.
On Thursday, Guterres' office said that the secretary-general had talked with Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia and expressed his concern regarding the referendums held on Ukrainian territories and their "annexation" by Russia. Russia has said Guterres overstepped his powers by declaring non-recognition of the referendums.
"This was not meant as an insult, it was meant as a reaffirmation of Secretary General's role - the defense of the [UN] charter and the principles on which this organization is built," Dujarric told a briefing.
Guterres very much hopes that his contacts with Russia will continue, the spokesman added.
"The Secretary General does not believe in any way that communication needs to be halted, on the contrary, in the time of suffering he believes that he can speak to all the parties involved," Dujarric said.
16:56 GMT 30.09.2022
US Has Not Seen Actions From Russia Indicating Preparations to Use Nukes - Blinken
"We are looking very carefully to see if Russia is actually doing anything that suggests that they are contemplating the use of nuclear weapons to date. We've not seen them take these actions," Blinken said. "But we also know that Russia is engaged in horrific, horrific brutalization of Ukraine. And so, the threats that they make, we take very seriously."
16:24 GMT 30.09.2022
Vladimir Putin Attends Concert Marking Accession of LPR, DPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye to Russia
16:15 GMT 30.09.2022
US to Take Action at UNSC to Hold Russia Accountable for Referendums
"We're also taking action today at the United Nations Security Council to hold Russia accountable for the sham referenda, and the purported annexation of Russia blocks the Security Council from carrying out its responsibilities. We will ask the UN General Assembly where every country has a vote to make clear that it's unacceptable to redraw borders by force, every country has a stake in condemning the steps," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at a joint press conference with Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly.
16:14 GMT 30.09.2022
NATO Will Never Recognize Entry of New Entities Into Russia, Stoltenberg Says
NATO members will never recognize the accession of new regions to Russia, will not change their commitment to support Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday.
"NATO allies do not and will not any of this territory as part of Russia, we call on all states to reject Russia’s blatant attempt at territorial conquest," he said in a press statement.
According to Stoltenberg, the accession of new territories to Russia does not change the nature of the conflict.
"This remains Russia's brutal war of aggression against Ukraine, and it does not change our commitment to support Ukraine," he said.
16:14 GMT 30.09.2022
Blinken on Zelensky's Bid to Speed Up Ukraine's Admission Into NATO: US Supports Open Door for Alliance
16:07 GMT 30.09.2022
NATO Chief Holds Presser in Brussels
15:45 GMT 30.09.2022
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Sullivan, NATO Chief Discuss Russian Referenda, Infrastructure Protection
"They discussed their shared concern over Russia’s illegitimate attempts to purportedly annex Ukrainian territory via sham referenda and expressed their firm commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. In the wake of the apparent sabotage of Nord Stream pipelines in the Baltic Sea, they discussed protection of critical infrastructure," the White House said in a statement.
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