UN chief condemns Russia’s plan to annex Ukrainian regions | United Nations News

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian regions would represent a ‘dangerous escalation’.

Russia’s plan to annex four Ukrainian regions would mean a “dangerous escalation” in the war in Ukraine that would jeopardize prospects for peace, the United Nations Secretary-General warned.

“Any decision to proceed with the annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions of Ukraine would have no legal value and deserves to be condemned,” Antonio Guterres told reporters at UN headquarters in New York City on Thursday.

More than seven months since its invasion of neighboring Ukraine, Russia is on the brink of annexing Ukraine’s four regions after holding referendums there last week that were deemed illegal by the Kiev government and its Western allies.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would sign the annexation treaties on Friday.

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