The US and allies rejected the referendums

The G7 promises to “never” recognize the voice of Donbass and support Kyiv forever

The G7 condemned the referendums in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye as “illegal” and undemocratic, vowing to never accept their results and continue to support the Ukrainian government with arms, money and everything else. on Friday at the White House.

The US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan condemned the “fake referendums, which Russia is trying to use as a false pretext to change the status of Ukraine’s sovereign territory”, which have “no legal effect or legitimacy”. and “does not respect democratic norms in any way,” the statement said.

The two Donbass republics, which Moscow recognized as independent states in February, and two southern regions of Ukraine, which are largely controlled by Russian forces, are holding a vote on whether to join Russia. Voting began on Friday and is expected to end next week.

Insisting that “never recognize these referendums” or the following “Annexation of RussiaThe G7 said thatin no way represents a legitimate expression of the will of the Ukrainian people.”

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People gather in Russia to show support for referendums in Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson (VIDEO)

Instead, the G7 said it would continuefinancial, humanitarian, military, diplomatic and legal support” To the government of Kiev and launch “reconstruction works” at a conference in Germany next month. “We stand firmly with Ukraine as long as necessary,” the statement concluded.

After the US-backed coup in Kyiv in February 2014, several regions refused to recognize the legitimacy of the Ukrainian government. Crimea voted to rejoin Russia in March of the same year. Ukraine and the G7 have also refused to recognize it, calling it an illegal annexation. Soon after, Donetsk and Luhansk declared independence and were targeted by the Ukrainian military in the so-called “Kiev”.anti-terrorist operation.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Ukraine’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, which were intended to give Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols brokered by Germany and France were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.

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 claims that the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.