The Russian House of Representatives has unanimously ratified a treaty on annexation of four territories occupied in Ukraine, Reuters and other foreign media reported.
“There are now 89 federal entities in the Russian Federation,” House Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said on social media. said to do.
As a result, the annexation treaty signed by President Vladimir Putin on the 30th of last month with the four occupied territories – Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporiza – is now subject to only the Senate ratification and signature of the president.
Putin previously signed a treaty when the occupied territories decided to annex Russia through a referendum, and the Constitutional Court of Russia declared the treaty constitutional.
Ukraine has refused to acknowledge the annexation and is continuing its territorial offensive, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that it is liberating two Russian-occupied villages in Kherson Oblast and is spurring Luhansk as well.
The West has also condemned the annexation as a violation of international law and is pushing for arms aid to Ukraine and additional sanctions against Russia.