EU’s top diplomat Josep Borrell slammed the Russian Federation’s holding of illegal sham referenda in the occupied territories of Ukraine and their falsified outcome.

“EU denounces holding of illegal ‘referenda’ and their falsified outcome. This is another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity amidst systematic abuses of human rights. We commend the courage of Ukrainians, who continue to oppose and resist Russian invasion,” Borrell posted on Twitter.

According to European Commission spokesperson Peter Stano, the European Union will slap sanctions on organisers of “illegal” votes in four occupied regions of Ukraine that Russia is conducting as “referendums” with the aim of annexation.

The day before, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky took part in the UN Security Council session via video conferencing and called on the international community to respond decisively to Russia’s violation of international law and order.

During his speech, the Head of State drew the attention of session participants to the fact that the Russian Federation had already violated the rules of the world, disrespected the UN Charter, and it was only a matter of time before it destroyed this last international institution that could still function.

“I urge you to act now. Anyone in the world can now name hundreds of examples of how Russia violates the international legal order and destroys the body of international law. It constantly provokes escalation and constantly responds to any proposals for talks with new brutality on the battlefield, even greater crises, and threats to Ukraine and the world. And these are obvious things,” the President said.

According to the President, there is only one way to stop all this. First of all, complete isolation of Russia in response to what it is doing is needed.

Meanwhile, Ukraine, the President stressed, must receive clear and legally binding guarantees of collective security

Bohdan Marusyak

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