The G7 condemned the referendums in Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye as “illegal” and undemocratic, vowed never to accept their results and continued to support the Ukrainian government with force gas, money and everything else, according to a statement released by the White House on Friday.
The US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan denounced the “fake referendum that Russia tried to use to create a false pretext to change the status of the sovereign territory of Ukraine”. , “has no legal effect or legitimacy”. and “does not respect democratic norms”, according to statement.
The two Donbass republics – recognized by Moscow as independent states in February – and two southern regions of Ukraine mostly controlled by the Russian military are holding votes on joining Russia. Voting began on Friday and is expected to end next week.
Emphasizing it will “never noticed these polls“Or Next”Russia’s annexation“G7 said they”in no way represent a legitimate expression of the will of the Ukrainian people. “
Instead, the G7 said it will continue to provide “financial, humanitarian, military, diplomatic and legal assistance“For the government in Kiev and launch”reconstruction efforts“At a conference in Germany next month. “We will stand firm with Ukraine for a long time“Conclusion statement.
After the February 2014 US-backed coup in Kiev, some regions refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Ukrainian government. Crimea voted to rejoin Russia in March of that year. Ukraine and the G7 also refuse to recognize this, calling it an illegal annexation. Soon after, Donetsk and Lugansk declared their independence, and were targeted by the Ukrainian military in what Kiev called “counter-terrorism operations.”
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Ukraine’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give Donetsk and Lugansk special status within Ukrainian territory. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create a powerful armed force.“
After recognizing the two Donbass republics as independent states, Moscow demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that would never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists that Russia’s attack is completely unprovoked.