Putin vows to win Ukraine war alongside the new four annexed Ukrainian regions.
In a pompous Kremlin ceremony, Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s annexation of a huge percentage of Ukraine, promising Moscow would prevail in its “special military operation” against Kyiv even as some of his troops faced the possibility of loss.
The greatest annexation in Europe since World War 2, announced by the Russian president, has been categorically rejected by Western nations and even several of Russia’s close allies.
The 69-year-old leader chanted “Russia, Russia!” as he clasped the hands of the four Russian-backed officials he wants to oversee the annexed regions that Ukraine is attempting to reclaim.
Putin said that together, Russia and the four regions would defeat Ukraine.
Regarding the four Ukrainian regions that he said Russia was annexing, Putin said, “People living in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson region, and Zaporizhzhia region are becoming our compatriots forever.”