Russia’s Constitutional Court on Friday ruled the agreements to annex Ukrainian territories “in accordance with the law”.
Ukraine announced on Sunday that it had taken the city of Lyman in the Russian-annexed Donetsk region, as Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled the annexation of Ukrainian territories signed by Vladimir Putin to be legal.
“As of 12:30 p.m. local time (09:30 GMT), Lyman was completely free (from the Russian army). Thanks to our soldiers,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy welcomed. Video posted on social media.
On Saturday, Ukrainian soldiers entered the strategic city in the Donetsk region, which Kyiv and the West strongly condemned as annexed by Moscow on Friday.
“New Ukrainian Flags in Donbass”
In anticipation of this important tactical victory, Volodymyr Zelensky promised on Saturday evening that “new Ukrainian flags will fly” over the Donbass, where the Donetsk region is located, as Lyman is an important railway junction.
Then he threw Addressing the players And to Russian officials and prompted Russian President Vladimir Putin: “Until you all solve the problem of who started this stupid war against Ukraine, you will be killed one by one”.
Lyman’s loss in the annexed region of Donetsk was a major setback for the Russian army, which at this point could not control all of the territory it occupied in Ukraine.
The Constitutional Court verifies merger agreements
Although Russia has faced difficulties on the ground since Q’s successful counter-offensive began in early September, the legal process formalizing the annexation of Ukrainian regions is following its course in Moscow.
After Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the separatist and occupied territories signed the annexation accords to great fanfare in the Kremlin on Friday, Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled this Sunday “constitutional”.
According to Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, representatives of the lower house of the Russian parliament will study the bill to ratify the agreements on Monday. Adoption of the text is usually scheduled before the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament.
According to Borel, the end of the war was “almost impossible”.
However, the annexation of Ukrainian territories by Russia is not recognized by the international community. For Joseph Borrell, head of European diplomacy, this makes “very difficult, impossible, almost, the end of war”.
He judged that “Russia is losing the war”, “She has lost it on moral and political grounds”, but that “Ukraine has not yet won”, and called for the strengthening of Europe’s military arsenal.
The hardships faced by troops in Moscow for weeks have provoked strong reactions from hard-line Russian warmongers. Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of the Russian republic of Chechnya and a Kremlin loyalist, for example, called on Saturday for the Russian military to use “low-yield nuclear weapons” in Ukraine after the Russians withdrew from Lyman.
Concerns around Zaporizhia
He attacked “nepotism” within the Russian armed forces as one of the main causes of the military difficulties that troops in Moscow have been facing for weeks.
“Nepotism has no place in the army, especially in difficult times,” he swore in a scathing message posted on social networks.
Ukraine, on the other hand, condemned the “illegal detention” of the Director General on Saturday. of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant (South), Igor Murachev, was arrested by Russia, which controls the base, on Friday for an as-yet-unknown reason.
In a statement, Rafael Croce, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), spoke of “grave concern”. He is “expected to visit Kyiv and Moscow next week,” the statement said.