How much is left in the third world war: Putin does not go back

No step back. With yet another challenge to Kiev and the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a long speech at the ceremony of annexation to Russia of the Ukrainian territories of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. “We invite Kiev to return to the negotiating table, but the choice of referendums will not be discussed, it is a choice now made and Russia will not betray it,” Putin announced, reiterating that the territories are now “part of the Russian Federation”. ” and which, like the rest of the country, “will be defended by any means”.

The “offer” was returned to sender by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said he was “ready for a dialogue with Russia, but with another president” and signed an application for accelerated NATO membership. Putin underlined the “clear” choice of the people to vote for annexation to the referendum, made “by millions of people” who “become our citizens forever”. The tsar has once again pointed the finger at the US and the West, who want to make Russia “a colony”.

“The Soviet Union no longer exists, there is no way to go back to the past”, the Russian Federation “was reborn after the 1990s, regained its dignified place in the world” and will not abide by the countries’ “diktats” and “false rules” The ratification of the annexation of the Ukrainian territories provoked a reaction from the international community. The US and the UK announced sanctions, as the EU has already done, and the G7 threatened to target those who “give political or economic support to these violations of international law “. “This is the biggest attempt to annex European territory by force since the Second World War”, denounced the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, urging all states not to recognize their new status. “Italy condemns with the “We are not intimidated,” US President Joe Biden said, adding that the sabotage of the NordStream pipeline was “a sabotage by Moscow.”

Russia’s condemning reactions also came from a missile attack on a humanitarian convoy in Zaporizhzhia, which resulted in at least 25 dead and 50 wounded. A “cowardly and inhumane” gesture that shows how Kiev is fighting “not just for freedom” but also for “survival”, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said. However, the alarm continues related to the damage suffered by the Nord Stream gas pipelines, which for Putin would be the result of sabotage by the “Anglo-Saxons” and according to a letter sent to the UN from Denmark and Sweden were caused by “loads of hundreds of kilos of TNT”. The leaks resulted in a huge cloud of methane that resulted in significantly above average greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: IL Tempo