Transcript for Kremlin moves to annex Ukraine territory
- Ukrainian officials say a Russian missile strike on a humanitarian convoy has killed at least 23 people, injuring dozens more. This, as Vladimir Putin is expected to illegally declare parts of Ukraine, Russian territory. Chief Foreign Correspondent Ian Pannell has more.
- [SPEAKING RUSSIAN]
IAN PANNELL: This morning, Vladimir Putin formally declares that four regions in Ukraine are now part of Russia. Speaking at the Kremlin, he called the West, evil, blaming it for the conflict. Again, appearing to threaten to use nuclear weapons. Saying, America created a precedent by dropping an atomic bomb on Japan.
- [SPEAKING RUSSIAN]
IAN PANNELL: Putin warning, we'll protect our land with all the forces and means at our disposal. Telling Ukraine to negotiate. He says, these four parts of Ukraine will now be Russian forever.
On the ground, a Russian strike on a humanitarian convoy in Ukraine, killing more than 20 people with more than 60 hospitalized. Most of the images too gruesome to show.
The civilian convoy of around 40 vehicles was heading into Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia to pick up family and take them to safety. Much of the world condemning Russia's move. The UN Secretary-General saying, it has no legal value.
- It is a dangerous escalation. It has no place in the modern world. It must not be accepted.
IAN PANNELL: The US expected to impose harsher sanctions on Russia in response.
- The United States will never, never, never recognize Russia's claims on Ukraine's sovereign territory.
IAN PANNELL: Inside Russia, growing unease at the military draft. Putin now admitting, mistakes were made. Saying, return home those who had been drafted unreasonably. But at the same time, moving to stop the wave of fighting age men from leaving the country by opening up new military enlistment offices near border entry points.
Well, I think the most difficult thing about this move by Russia is it makes some kind of peace deal almost impossible because it backs Putin into a corner. And I think this morning's appalling attack revealing the true nature of Russia's war, not against the Ukrainian military but increasingly against the entire Ukrainian people.
- Thank you so much for that, Ian.
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