In a televised address, Russian President Putin officially announced the annexation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and said that it was an expression of the will of the people, and that these regions will now be part of Russia for still.
He also warned that Russia will use all available means to protect these regions. Putin urged Ukraine to come to the negotiating table, but also said Russia would not abandon newly incorporated regions.
European Commission chief Ursula Von Der Leyen has firmly rejected recent referendums and annexation.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with his military leader to discuss further liberation of Russian-occupied Ukrainian territory.
In an interview with CNBC-TV18Daniel Fried, former US envoy to Poland, said Putin doubled down on aggression because he wasn’t winning the war, “His offer of negotiations to the Ukrainians is not an offer at all, it’s a demand for their surrender” .
Fried, however, believes India can play an important role in convincing Putin to step down.
“In his speech, Putin implicitly threatened to use nuclear weapons and India might have something to say about that. Narendra Modi was strong enough in Tashkent to ask for peace. That was a good solid statement. I therefore believe that India can play an important role in convincing Putin to step down if he can,” he added.
Also, Guilherme Casaroes, professor of political science at Getulio Vargas University spoke about the upcoming presidential elections in Brazil.
Watch the video for the whole discussion.