Vladimir Putin says Russia will support its “brothers and sisters” in newly annexed regions.
Huge crowds gathered in Moscow’s Red Square tonight for a concert that followed Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian territories.
“Welcome home,” Putin said, speaking directly to the thousands in the annexed country during a speech tonight.
He told the crowd, “We will do everything we can to support our brothers and sisters in new regions.
“The victory will be ours.”
Footage from the event featured flags with the pro-war “Z” symbol between the country’s flags.
Huge chants of “Russia! Russia!’ could also be heard in the audience.
Putin’s proclamation of Russian rule over 15% of Ukraine – the largest annexation in Europe since World War II – was firmly rebuffed by angry Western countries.
Both the United States and Great Britain announced new sanctions after outcry.
In a speech earlier this morning, Putin signaled that he was ready to continue the fight for what he called a “greater historic Russia”.
The four Ukrainian regions he said would be absorbed by Russia had made a historic decision, Putin said.
He added: “They have chosen to be with their people, their motherland, to live with their destiny and to triumph with them. The truth is on our side. Russia is with us!’
The Russian president had made the remarks to his country’s political elite, who had gathered in one of the Kremlin’s most magnificent halls to watch him sign the annexation documents.
He told the group: “The people who live in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson region and Zaporizhia region will forever become our compatriots.
“We will defend our country with all our strength and all our means,” he said, calling on “the Kiev regime to cease hostilities immediately and return to the negotiating table.”
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