Ukraine war escalates as Putin announces annexation

ABC News foreign correspondent Tom Soufi Burridge reports live from Kyiv, Ukraine, with the latest after Russian President Vladimir Putin announces the annexation of Ukrainian territories.
5:57 | 09/30/22

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 WELCOME BACK NOW TO THE WARREN. UKRAINE RUSSIA HAS FORMALLY AND ILLEGALLY ANNEXED OCCUPIED TERRITORY IN UKRAINE'S EAST AND SOUTH. PRESIDENT BIDEN BLASTING THE MOVE, SAYING RUSSIA IS SHOWING, QUOTE, CONTEMPT FOR PEACEFUL NATIONS EVERYWHERE. TAKE A LOOK AT THAT ANNOUNCEMENT THAT TOOK PLACE TODAY. AND TAKE A LISTEN. RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN THERE, CELEBRATING BY TAKING PART OF A HANDSHAKE AND HUDDLE WITH RUSSIAN APPOINTED LEADERS IN THOSE RUSSIAN OCCUPIED REGIONS. JOINING ME NOW WITH THE LATEST IS ABC NEWS FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT TOM SOUFI BURRIDGE, LIVE IN KYIV. TOM, TELL US ABOUT THAT HANDSHAKE. WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU ABOUT THE TONE IN THE ROOM? THEY SEEM ELATED. >> YES, STEPHANIE. I THINK THE ATMOSPHERE IN THE KREMLIN TODAY WAS -- NATIONALISM, RUSSIAN NATIONALISM. PUTIN WAS TRYING TO PAINT A PICTURE OF A COUNTRY THAT IS THE VICTIM IN ALL THIS. ALTHOUGH WE KNOW THAT RUSSIA IS THE INVESTOR. IT HAS INVADED UKRAINE. BUT I THINK THIS WAS A TIME FOR PUTIN LAST RALLY AROUND THEIR LEADER, A LEADER WHO HAS BEEN WEAKENED IN RECENT WEEKS. BECAUSE HERE IN UKRAINE THE RUSSIAN MILITARY HAS BEEN PUSHED BACK SIGNIFICANTLY. AND EVEN AS HE TALKS, THERE ARE THREATS OF THE UKRAINIAN MILITARY SURROUNDING RUSSIAN TROOPS OUT IN THE EAST, AROUND THE STRATEGIC TOWN ONCE AGAIN. BUT PUTIN WAS PUTTING ON A BRAVE FACE. WE HAVE LOTS OF PREDICTABLE RHETORIC FROM. HIM FALSEHOODS ABOUT UKRAINE, AND FIERY LANGUAGE ABOUT THE WEST AND THE UNITED STATES. >> DURING THAT ANNOUNCEMENT PUTIN DELIVERED A LENGTHY SPEECH WHILE ANNOUNCING THE ANNEXATION. WHAT'S TODAY YOU THE MOST? >> STEPHANIE, I THINK ONE KEY POINT WAS THAT PUTIN WANTED TO GET ACROSS, AND HE DID, BUT HE WANTED TO SAY OKAY. THESE TERRITORIES THAT WE SUDDENLY ANNEXED, IF YOU ATTACKED THEM THAT IS AN ATTACK ON RUSSIA. AND THAT IS HIS ATTEMPT AT THE MOMENT IN HIS POSITION OF WEAKNESS TO TRY TO TAKE THE INITIATIVE, YOU'RE TRYING TO UP THE ANTE AGAIN. I DON'T THINK THAT WILL CHANGE A MASSIVE AMOUNT ON THE BATTLEFIELD. OR REALLY IN TERMS OF POLICY FROM WESTERN NATIONS LIKE THE UNITED STATES AND THEIR SOLID SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE. THERE WERE OTHER, MOMENTS AND THERE WERE SOME BIZARRE -- AND OTHER WERE PLENTY OF HISTORICAL REFERENCES. PUTIN PLAYING KIND OF THE VICTIM AT ALL. THIS HISTORICAL -- ABOUT THE DISSOLUTION OF THE SOVIET UNION BEING A TRAGEDY. AND ALSO A BIZARRE REFERENCE TO THE USE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS BY THE UNITED STATES AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR. REMEMBER, UNITED STATES IS THE ONLY COUNTRY TO HAVE USED NUCLEAR WEAPONS. I THINK THAT WAS A SUBTLE REMINDER, BY PUTIN, AS WE'VE SEEN ON MANY OCCASIONS IN RECENT WEEKS, THAT HE HAS A NUCLEAR ARSENAL. WHETHER NOT HE IS PREPARED TO USE IT OR NOT IS ITS OWN QUESTION. >> WE'VE SEEN SOME RECENT ESCALATIONS, AS WELL,. TOM AS YOU KNOW. A RUSSIAN MISSILE STRIKE ON THE HUMANITARIAN CONVOY HAS KILLED AT LEAST 26 PEOPLE. WHAT DO THESE RECENT ESCALATIONS FROM PUTIN TELL YO? >> I THINK, STEPHANIE, THIS MISSILE ATTACK IS PARTICULARLY INTERESTING. MY TEAM WAS IN THAT SITE WHICH WAS HIT BY RUSSIAN MISSILES. WE WERE THERE JUST ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO. I CAN, TELL YOU THAT IS AN AREA ON THE EDGE OF ZAPORIZHZHIA CITY. AN AREA CONTROLLED BY THE UKRAINIANS. AND CIVILIAN CONVOYS GOING TO THE PARTY SPECIFIC SITE ON A DAILY BASIS, AND GO INTO RUSSIAN OCCUPIED TERRITORIES IN SEPARATION. RUSSIA WOULD KNOW THAT THAT AREA HAS BEEN CRAWLING WITH CIVILIANS TODAY, LOTS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN. THEY'RE YET HIT REPEATEDLY WITH MISSILES. KILLED 26 PEOPLE AND INJURED AT LEAST 80. RUSSIAN STATE MEDIA WAS QUICK TO BLAME UKRAINE. AND ALL THAT WE CANNOT PROVE THESE THINGS. BECAUSE OF THE FOG REPORT. IT DOES HAVE ALL OF THE HALLMARKS OF A CLASSIC ATTRACT BY RUSSIA, WHICH THEN USES IN ITS PROPAGANDA JUST BEFORE, CONVENIENTLY, IS GOING TO ILLEGALLY ANNEXED UKRAINIAN TERRITORY AND CLAIM ON STATE CONTROLLED MEDIA. UKRAINE'S KILLING CIVILIANS AND THAT IS WHY HE HAD TO OCCUPY AND AXES TERRITORIES. THAT IS A CLASSIC THING THAT RUSSIA HAS DONE, AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN HERE IN UKRAINE. I WAS REPORTING HERE THIS COUNTRY IS FAR BACK AS IT YEARS AGO. I SAW THESE TYPES OF FORCE CLAIMS AND FALSE ATTACKS ON A REGULAR BASIS. >> THE FALL OF WAR, YOU SAT IT. NEWS ON, WAR -- AFTER THE RUSSIAN VOTE. EXPLAIN THE SANCTIONS TO US AND WHAT EFFECT THEY COULD HAVE? >> THE U.S. IS TARGETING MORE THAN 270 LAWMAKERS IN RUSSIA, SOME PEOPLE MORE CLOSELY LINKED TO THE KREMLIN. WESTERN EUROPE IS ALSO HAVING ITS OWN SAKE SHUNTS AS WELL. LOOK, THE SANCTIONS WILL TARGET INDIVIDUALS AND WILL MEAN THEY CANNOT TRAVEL OUT OF RUSSIA DO WESTERN COUNTRIES. AND IT WILL MEAN THE DELAY OF ANY FINANCIAL ASSETS AND WESTERN COUNTRIES, THEY COULD BE SEIZED OR THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET HOLD OF THEM. BUT I WOULD SAY THAT ALTHOUGH THESE ARE HUGELY SYMBOLIC AT THE MOMENT I DO NOT THINK THAT THESE TYPES OF SANCTIONS WILL ACTUALLY HAVE, IN REALITY, A HUGE AMOUNT OF DIFFERENCE ON THE GROUND. GIVEN THE FACT THAT PEOPLE HAVE MOVED THEIR ASSETS LONG AGO, AND REALISTICALLY THESE TYPES OF RUSSIANS ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE TRAVELING TO THE WEST ANYTIME SOON. BUT IT IS AN IMPORTANT SYMBOLIC STANCE, AND AGAIN THE UNITED STATES AND ITS ALLIES SHOWING THAT THEY WILL TAKE STEPS AGAINST RUSSIA, STAND UP IN SUPPORT UKRAINE. >>

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