President Biden is condemning the “sham” referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine that may unite these areas with Russia, saying the U.S. won’t ever acknowledge these territories as something however a part of Ukraine.
“Russia’s referenda are a sham — a false pretext to attempt to annex elements of Ukraine by pressure in flagrant violation of worldwide regulation, together with the United Nations constitution,” Mr. Biden stated Friday, including that the U.S. and its allies may impose additional sanctions for the transfer.
“The US stands with our companions all over the world — and with each nation that respects the core tenets of the U.N. constitution — in rejecting no matter fabricated outcomes Russia will announce,” the president stated.
Mr. Biden’s assertion comes after 4 Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine started voting in referendums on becoming a member of Russia, a transfer that considerably elevates the stakes of Moscow’s invasion.
The referendums, that are unlawful below worldwide regulation, may pave the way in which for Russia to annex these areas. That might enable Moscow to depict Ukraine’s counteroffensive assault as an invasion of Russian territory, giving it a wider latitude to justify escalating the conflict.
The votes, that are stated to happen over 5 days, have been applied by pro-Russian officers within the areas of Donestk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia. Questions on the poll range relying on the areas, which mix for 18% of Ukraine’s territory.
Mr. Biden isn’t the one world chief to sentence the referendums. The European Union has additionally stated it received’t acknowledge the outcomes and likewise threatened extra sanctions towards Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed assist for the referendums in an handle on Wednesday. He vowed that Moscow will do “the whole lot” to make sure “secure situations for individuals to precise their will.”