The US has blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin for planning to mobilize more forces and hold referendums in occupied parts of Ukraine despite the UN General Assembly being held in New York this week .
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Russia’s continued referendums on Ukrainian territory and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans to mobilize more reserve forces during the UN General Assembly show “contempt and utter disdain” of Putin. for the UN.
“It is the very principles that we are here to enforce this week in the charter of sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, which are being violently attacked by Russia, in particular by trying to carry out these referendums and by still putting more forces in the effort to seize Ukrainian sovereign territory. Blinken said
Blinken also said it’s no surprise that Russia is taking these steps now, after recent battlefield losses.
“We have seen over the past few weeks significant gains by Ukraine in reclaiming this territory, seized by Russian forces since the start of the aggression on February 24. It is also a time when the Russia itself is experiencing serious setbacks on the battlefield, and even some of its closest partners are making clear their deep concerns about what Russia is doing and the consequences it is having for countries around the world,” he said. Blinken said.
Blinken reiterated that the United States would never recognize Russia-backed sham referendums in Ukraine, or any attempt by Russia to annex Ukrainian territory. He said it was important for other countries to make that clear as well.
Blinken said Russian stocks are a sign of weakness.
“It’s a sign of Russian failure,” Blinken said of Russia’s recent actions and Putin’s announced plans.