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After Putin's annexation declaration, Biden says Russia violating international laws; sanctions 1000 Russians Ukraine War
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After Putin's annexation declaration, Biden says Russia violating international laws; sanctions 1000 Russians

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 01 Oct 2022, 02:46 am

The United States has sanctioned 1000 Russian citizens after Moscow formally annexed four territories of Ukraine on Friday.

Today, Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed treaties to annex four regions -- Donetsk, Kherson, Lugansk, and Zaporizhzhia -- at a grand ceremony in the Kremlin.

The sanctioned individuals included Russia’s Central Bank governor as well as the families of National Security Council members.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said, “We will not stand by as Putin fraudulently attempts to annex parts of Ukraine.”

US President Joe Biden said, “Russia is violating international law, trampling on United Nations charter, and showing its contempt for peaceful nations everywhere.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday said, "Putin has mobilised hundreds of thousands of more troops, engaged in irresponsible nuclear saber rattling and now illegally annexed more Ukrainian territory. Together, this represents the most serious escalation since the start of the war.”

Announcing the annexation at St George’s Hall of the Kremlin, with hundreds of dignitaries present, Putin on Friday said,  "We will defend our land by all means. This is the liberation mission of the Russian people."

Meanwhile, Uk also asserted that Kyiv wouldn't negotiate with Russia, which initiated a "special military" action against Ukraine, as long as Vladimir Putin was in power.

"Ukraine will not hold any negotiations with Russia as long as Putin is the president of the Russian Federation. We will negotiate with the new president," Zelensky said.