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Russian President Vladimir Putin Illegally Annexes Ukrainian Regions as Part of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties Friday for an illegal annexation of occupied Ukrainian territory in a sharp escalation of his seven-month invasion of Ukraine. Its leader immediately countered with a surprise application to join the NATO military alliance.Also Read – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Announces Lyman ‘Fully Cleared’ Of Russian Forces

Putin’s land-grab and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s signing of what he said is an “accelerated” NATO membership application sent the two leaders speeding even faster on a collision course that is cranking up fears of a full-blown conflict between Russia and the West. Also Read – Russian Troops Withdraw From Lyman After Ukrainian Forces Encircle Key City

Putin vowed to protect newly annexed regions of Ukraine by “all available means,” a nuclear-backed threat at a Kremlin signing ceremony where he also railed at the West. Also Read – Annexation of Ukrainian Regions: Why India Abstained on UN Vote Against Russia? 

Zelenskyy then held a signing ceremony of his own, releasing video of him putting pen to papers that he said were a formal NATO membership request.

Putin has repeatedly made clear that any prospect of Ukraine joining the world’s largest military alliance is one of his red lines and it was among the justifications he has cited for his invasion.

(With AP Inputs)

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