The organization does not consider the referendums carried out in the four regions to be valid, and therefore does not approve the incorporation of Russia or any type of action that may arise of them
The European Union will not recognize Russian passports from annexed Ukrainian areas (AFP)
The European Union (EU) announced this Thursday that Russian passports Issued in the four Ukrainian areas annexed illegally by the Kremlin will not be valid in the territory. This measure also applies totwo areas of Georgia that are also under Russian control.
The decision means that the travel documents that Moscow granted to residents of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia < /b>will not be recognized by the EU member authorities and, therefore, cannot be used to obtain visas or enter the territory.
“This decision is a response to Russia's unjustified military aggression against Ukraine and Russia's practice of issuing Russian international passports to residents of occupied regions,” the European Council said in a statement.
img class=”aligncenter” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/the-european-union-will-not-recognize-russian-passports-of-the-annexed-ukrainian-areas-e1414d7.jpg” alt=”The European Union will not recognize Russian passports from annexed Ukrainian areas” />
“This decision is a response to Russia's unjustified military aggression against Ukraine”, announced the European Council (REUTERS)
The resolution still needs to be formally confirmed by the European Parliament and the bloc's member states. However, the initiative is in line with the position adopted by the members last September when Russia announced the holding of referendums in the four zones in order to know the will of the people regarding the annexation.
Thus, after the surveys, he assured that the citizens there wanted to belong to the neighboring country. However, these results were not recognized by the international community which, on the contrary, denounced that these elections were carried out under pressure and that it was -again- a fraud< /b>from Moscow.
At the time, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, -among other voices- had referred to this action as a “flagrant violation of international law” and remarked to the Ukrainian President that “NATO allies do not cease in their support for the sovereignty of Ukraine and its right to self-defense ”.
Jens Stoltenberg condemned the referendums in Ukraine and referred to this action as a “flagrant violation of international law” (REUTERS)
In any case, given the successful Ukrainian counteroffensive -intensified in recent weeks-< b> Putin's plans to add the territories to his country seem increasingly distant. In this sense, this Thursday Volodimir Zelensky's troops announced the recovery of 12 towns in Kherson – about 260 square kilometers – while Russian soldiers began to withdraw in the region.
“During the previous day, units of the defense forces advanced 7 km, taking control of six towns in the direction of Petropavlivka Novoraisk,” the military official detailed on Telegram, adding that the Ukrainian army also regained “control of another six towns in the direction of Pervomaiske-Kherson”.
For their part, in Donetsk the troops have also managed to liberate some areasand, although they have not yet managed to gain complete control, the President assured that they maintain an “active defense” that pushes Kremlin troops “gradually” back.
The Ukrainian counteroffensive has achieved the liberation of many areas of the country (REUTERS)
As toLugansk, the pro-Russian authorities admitted that the situationthere is “alarming” given the blue and yellow military advances that have achieved “the employment of several localities and they are raising the flag there”, as the governor of the region, Sergei Gaidai, wrote weeks ago.
The eyes of Zaporizhzhia are mainly in the bombings that the civil infrastructure there has recently suffered and in the delicate situation surrounding the largest nuclear power plant in Europe which, from time to time, It is affected by the poor power supply, which puts the area at risk due to a possible accident. This Tuesday, the Ukrainian National Nuclear Generation Company (Energoatom) ordered an urgent inspection of the plant after registering a low level in the reservoir that cools the building.
(With information from AFP)