Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin pushed forward with the annexation of about 15 percent of Ukraine’s territory in spite of opposition from Western countries and even some of his own country’s close allies, Reuters reported. Putin staged a grand ceremony at the Kremlin, gathering the country’s political elites to watch him sign documents annexing four Ukrainian regions, according to the report. Delivering what Reuters labeled “one of the toughest anti-American speeches he has delivered in more than two decades in power,” Putin vowed to continue battling for a “greater historical Russia” using “whatever tools he had at his disposal,” and making a pointed reference to the “precedent” the U.S. set when it dropped two atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. “Truth is on our side. Russia is with us!” Putin declared, according to the report. Politico reported that in his speech, Putin called on Kyiv to cease fighting and claimed Moscow would be open to negotiations. In his own remarks, which followed shortly after Putin’s ceremony, Zelenskyy said his country, too, is open to negotiations; however, he added, “it was ‘impossible’ to do so with Putin, and would have to be with another Russian president,” according to the outlet. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
The world had a chance to stop this insanity in 2008 when Ukraine could have been granted a NATO Membership Action Plan. The world has another chance to put an end to this insanity by accepting Ukraine’s membership application to NATO. Let’s unite for our shared peace. pic.twitter.com/F14A5zdH4l— Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) September 30, 2022