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Zelensky deems Putin’s Ukraine-related decrees ‘negligible’
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree “On the legally negligible status of legislation that violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” This category includes a number of Vladimir Putin’s decrees. The document, published on Zelesnky’s official site, decrees:
Recognize as negligible, i.e., such that entail no legal consequences, the decrees of the President of the Russian Federation of March 17, 2014 (№ 147), February 21, 2022 (№ 71), February 21, 2022 (№ 72), September 29, 2022 (№ 685), September 29, 2022 (№ 686), as well as any other resolutions, acts and agreements passed, issued or entered on the basis or in connection with executing the above-mentioned decrees of the President of the Russian Federation.
The Russian decrees referred to in the document concern Russia’s recognition of the independence of the Crimea and the four Ukrainian regions whose annexation is currently sought by Russia: the self-proclaimed “DNR” and “LNR,” and the occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
Zelensky’s decree affirms the inviolability of Ukraine’s territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders. Ukraine’s sovereignty, it states, applies to the entirety of that territory.
On Oct. 4, Volodymyr Zelensky signed a resolution acknowledging the “impossibility of negotiating with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.” The resolution reflected a decision made by Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, in response to Russia’s recent efforts to annex several regions of Ukraine.
On Sept. 30, Vladimir Putin signed four annexation treaties with the current heads of puppet governments in the self-proclaimed “DNR” and “LNR,” and of the Russian-occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
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