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Secretary of State Antony Brinken said on Thursday that Moscow had “bussed” Russian citizens to vote in illegal referendums that it plans to hold in several parts of Ukraine this week.
“Russia’s efforts to annex more Ukrainian territory are both a diplomatic denial and a dangerous escalation,” Blinken said in a speech to the UN Security Council.
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Blinken described not only the Russian strategy of annexing the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, but also the “filtration” operation that resulted in deportations, reports of torture and the displacement of millions as a “diabolical strategy.” ‘ he called.
“We are violently eviscerating thousands of Ukrainians. Instead, we are bussing Russians and calling for votes. he elaborated. “This is exactly what came out of the Crimean strategy book.”
Brinken’s comments refer to the 2014 occupation and subsequent elections, which Western officials denounced as faked elections after Russia claimed that 97% of “Crimean” voters supported joining Russia. rice field.
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A later election report found that only 30% of Crimeans voted in the referendum, and only 15% of those who voted supported annexation.
The secretary affirmed that the US will not recognize any outcome of Russia’s “elections” in Ukraine.
“All members of this Council, and for that matter all members of the United Nations, should reject the bogus referendum and ensure that all Ukrainian territories are and will remain part of Ukraine. A clear declaration is essential,” said Blinken. “Any claim by Russia to annex its territories cannot deprive Ukraine of its right to defend its lands.”
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The majority of permanent and non-permanent members of the UN Security Council called on Russia to end the ceasefire in Ukraine.
Apart from Russia, which is also a permanent member of the Security Council, China is the only member, condemning the war, forcing Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his troops, and for all escalating language, including threatening nuclear rhetoric. asked to stop.