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Putin declares captured regions part of Russia; Ukraine denies talks

Putin also urged Ukraine to sit down for peace talks but immediately insisted he won't discuss handing them back, opening a new escalatory phase of his seven-month invasion of the country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Russian-installed leaders of the four regions, at a ceremony to declare the annexation of the Russian-controlled territories of four Ukrainian regions	Photo: Reuters
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Russian President Vladimir Putin with Russian-installed leaders of the four regions, at a ceremony to declare the annexation of the Russian-controlled territories of four Ukrainian regions Photo: Reuters

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties Friday to annex parts of Ukraine in defiance of international law, saying Moscow would protect the newly incorporated regions by “all available means.” He also urged Ukraine to sit down for peace talks but immediately insisted he won't discuss handing them back, opening a new escalatory phase of his seven-month invasion of the country.
 
Meanwhile, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Friday Ukraine was formally applying for fast-track membership of the Nato military alliance and that Kyiv was ready for talks with Moscow, but not with President Vladimir Putin. The Ukrainian leader made his comments

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First Published: Sep 30 2022 | 10:37 PM IST

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