Zelensky declared Russia’s decision to annex parts of Ukraine invalid

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskysigned a decree that the Russian President Putin’s decision to annex Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, especially Crimea, since 2014 is invalid.

The following statements were used in the written statement made on the website of the Presidency of Ukraine:

  • Decrees of the President of the Russian Federation, dated March 17, 2014, numbered 147, dated February 21, 2022, numbered 71, dated February 21, 2022, numbered 72, dated September 29, 2022, numbered 685, dated September 29, 2022 and numbered 686, Let it be accepted that other decisions, transactions and agreements taken, issued or concluded on the basis of or in connection with the implementation of the decrees are null and void, that is, they have no legal consequences.

Zelensky also signed a decree prepared by the National Security Council of Ukraine today stating that it is not possible to negotiate with Russian President Putin on the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.


After the Crimea, Russia annexed Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, adding about 15 percent of Ukraine to its territory.

At the ceremony held in the capital Moscow on September 30, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the heads of so-called pro-Russian administrations signed agreements for the connection of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions to Russia.