Transcript for Russia annexes occupied areas of Ukraine
IKE EJIOCHI: This morning, government officials say Russian President Vladimir Putin will officially annex four occupied regions of Ukraine, totaling 15% of Ukraine's territory, at a formal signing ceremony behind the walls of the Kremlin. Russia, stoking fears of even more escalation, warning an attack on the occupied areas would be an attack on Russia.
The international community outraged. President Biden calling the Russian referendum a sham, claiming the results were manufactured in Moscow. And that the true will of the Ukrainian people is evident on the battlefield.
- The United States will never, never, never recognize Russia's claims on Ukraine's sovereign territory.
IKE EJIOCHI: United Nations' Secretary-General condemning Russia's actions. Saying it has no legal value and must not be accepted.
- It sends against everything the international community is meant to stand for. It is a dangerous escalation. It has no place in the modern world. It must not be accepted.
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IKE EJIOCHI: Overnight during his nightly address, Ukrainian President Zelenskyy calling on Russian citizens living in Russia to stop their president.
And as the exodus of Russian men trying to leave the country intensifies, Finland announcing it will significantly limit passenger traffic on its border starting today, banning Russian citizens traveling with tourist visas from entering.
Meanwhile, in Ukraine, the war continues. Ukrainian authorities say four rockets hit this Eastern Ukrainian city located in the occupied Donetsk region, injuring at least 11 people.
Now, the US and its allies have promised to adopt even more sanctions than they've already levied against Russia, including more support for Ukraine.
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