Russian recognition of separatist territories is a “violation” of Ukraine’s sovereignty (Guterres) UN-diplomacy-Russia-Ukraine

The Secretary General of the UN, Anthony Guterresclaimed on Monday that Russia’s decision to recognize the independence of Ukrainian breakaway territories is “a violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.”

It is “incompatible with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations,” the UN chief added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Monday the independence of the Ukrainian provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk, self-proclaimed in 2014 with the support of Moscow and despite warnings to the contrary from Western powers.

Putin had announced his decision in phone calls to the leaders of Germany and France, who expressed disappointment, the Kremlin said.

“Immediately recognize the independence (of Donetsk and Lugansk),” Putin said in a speech addressed to the nation, where he asked the Russian Federal Assembly “to ratify the agreements of friendship and collaboration with both republics.” “They will be prepared and signed shortly,” he added.

In this sense, Putin criticized that the Ukrainian authorities “do not recognize another way out in Donbas other than the military one” and demanded that the Ukrainian government “stop the aggression” in the region.

“Otherwise, all responsibility will fall on the Kiev authorities,” the Russian president said.

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