Kremlin says no contradiction with 'annexation' and retreating troops

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to incorporate four partially occupied Ukrainian regions into Russia.

Vladimir Putin has signed into legislation his annexation of four Ukrainian territories, but Russian forces do not have full control over the regions. The latest battlefield maps from Moscow showed that Russian troops had left many areas in Kherson.As President Vladimir Putin completed paperwork for the annexation of four regions of Ukraine, the Kremlin said there was no contradiction between Russian retreats and Mr Putin's vow that they would always be part of Russia.

Asked if there was a contradiction between Putin's rhetoric and the reality of retreat on the ground, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "There is no contradiction whatsoever. They will be with Russia forever and they will be returned."The wording of the laws is unclear about what exact borders Russia is claiming for the annexed territories and Mr Peskov declined to give clear guidance.

Such is the depth of feeling over the retreats that two Putin allies publicly scolded the military top brass about the failings.Russia declared the annexations after holding what it called referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine. Western governments and Kyiv said the votes breached international law and were coercive and non-representative.

"Worthless decisions by a terrorist country are not worth the paper they are signed on," Andriy Yermak, head of Ukraine's presidential office, said on Telegram of the annexation moves, which he said reminded him of a "collective madhouse". Russia's parliament said people living in the annexed regions would be granted Russian passports, the Russian Central Bank would oversee financial stability and the Russian rouble would be the official currency.

 

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You mean Russian dictator? Can't you call spade a spade?!

Putin will not sleep until all of Europe has been colonised by Russians!

The absurdity of this is Putin could get up tomorrow and incorporate into law any country as part of Russia and consider it a sane decision and people around him would just accept it. So reminds me of Germany in the 1930s

We will never recognise what PUTIN says about ny thing

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