Russian President Putin announced the "joining" of the occupied Zaporizhia, Kherson, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions to the Russian Federation.
"Today we are signing agreements on the inclusion of the “DPR”, “LPR”, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions into Russia. I am sure that this decision will be supported by the State Duma, because it is the will of millions of people," he noted.
The head of the Russian Federation appealed to the authorities of Ukraine to "sit down at the negotiating table". Even so, he emphasized that the Russian Federation will not discuss the return of the four specified regions to Ukraine.
"People who live in Luhansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia become our citizens. Forever," Putin stated.
He once again threatened Ukraine with nuclear weapons if the Armed Forces of Ukraine continued to liberate the captured territories.
- On September 23, the Russian occupiers started so-called "referendums" in the captured parts of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions. On September 27, the occupiers announced the results of their pseudo-referendums, everywhere — more than 87% were in favor of "joining" Russia.
- A number of countries have declared that they do not admit the results of these pseudo-referendums, Russia has promised sanctions.
- On September 30, Putin signed decrees recognizing the "independence" of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine. He referred to the "results" of the pseudo-referendum.