Putin annexed four regions of Ukraine; Ukraine applied for NATO membership


In his speech in the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the formal annexation of Ukraine’s Kherson, Zaporozhye, Donetsk and Luhansk regions and declared these as four new regions of the Russian Federation.

At the signing ceremony attended by representatives appointed by Moscow to these regions, Putin described the joining of the four regions to Russia as “the decision of millions of people” and called on Ukraine to “stop the war” for the war he started:

“I want the authorities in Kiev and their true rulers in the West to hear and remember me. The peoples of Luhanks, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia become our citizens. Forever.

“We call on the Kyiv regime to end hostilities and the war they started in 2014 and return to the negotiating table. We are ready for this, but we will not discuss the decision of the peoples of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson. Russia will not betray these people.”