The leaders of the European Union reacted to the speech of russian President Vladimir Putin, who announced the illegal annexation of four regions of Ukraine: Kherson, Zaporizhzhya, Luhansk, and Donetsk.
While the speech was still in progress, EU leaders began to comment on it on social networks.
Thus, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen wrote on Twitter that the illegal annexation proclaimed by Putin will not change anything.
The illegal annexation proclaimed by Putin won’t change anything.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) September 30, 2022
All territories illegally occupied by Russian invaders are Ukrainian land and will always be part of this sovereign nation.
27 leaders condemn the illegal annexation. We do not and will never recognise the sham 'referenda'. We will never recognise this illegal annexation - the President of the European Council Charles Michel wrote.
27 leaders condemn the illegal annexation.— Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) September 30, 2022
We do not and will never recognise the sham 'referenda'.
We will never recognise this illegal annexation.https://t.co/WEMfLFnfe9
High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, in his turn, stressed that the announcement of the annexation of Ukrainian territories by russia is a major violation of international law and the UN Charter.
"No sham referendum can justify this," he wrote on Twitter.
World security is in danger.— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) September 22, 2022
Global leaders at #UNGA must send a clear signal to stop Russia's war against Ukraine and to stop the damages it is causing for the whole world.
We will do whatever it takes to ensure there is full accountability.https://t.co/tNJnzlgsj6 pic.twitter.com/CEWXQt2wyT
Today Putin announced the illegal annexation of four regions of Ukraine: Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk, and Donetsk. None of them is fully controlled by the enemy army. The Kremlin believes that this will make them "subjects of the russian federation".