Sep 30, 2022
By Christine Ross
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties absorbing occupied regions of Ukraine into Russia, blatantly defying international laws.
Speaking at a concert in Moscow’s Red Square, Putin began with the words “welcome home.” He went on to say it’s a “historic day, of truth and justice.”
The signing came three days after the end of Kremlin-orchestrated referendums on joining Russia that Kyiv and the West dismissed as a bare-faced land grab, held at gunpoint and based on lies.
NATO’s chief said the war is at “a pivotal moment” and that Putin’s decision was “the most serious escalation” since the war began. Russia pounded Ukrainian cities, with one strike in the Zaporizhzhia region’s capital killing 30 people and wounding 88.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy quickly responded by saying his country is submitting an accelerated application to join NATO.