Putin appoints by decree the leaders of the Ukrainian regions annexed to Russia


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MADRID, Oct. 5 (.) –

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday approved a decree appointing the regional leaders of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, after enacting the law on the annexation of these areas to the country. Eurasian.

Thus, Putin’s order contemplates that Denis Pushilin continues to lead the Donetsk region, while Leonid Pasechnik will continue to lead Lugansk. For his part, Evgeni Balitski has been appointed governor of Zaporizhia and Vladimir Saldo will be governor of Kherson, according to the Russian news agency Interfax.

Early in the day, Putin promulgated the accession treaties for these regions, all of them partially occupied by Russian forces, despite international denunciations of the illegality of these acts. The Russian Parliament ratified these texts on Tuesday.

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For its part, both Ukraine and the international community have rejected Putin’s announcement and have insisted that both the annexation and the referendums held days before in these occupied areas lack legitimacy under International Law.

In fact, the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenski, declared on Tuesday “null and void” the treaties signed on Friday by Putin to absorb the aforementioned regions into Russia. Thus, he underlined in a decree Ukraine’s “sovereign right” over the four regions claimed by Russia.

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