The European Union on Wednesday criticized the “illegal” annexation votes Russia held in four occupied regions of Ukraine and their “falsified” results, the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.
“EU denounces holding of illegal ‘referenda’ and their falsified outcome,” Borrell wrote on Twitter.
“This is another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, amidst systematic abuses of human rights,” he said.
Meanwhile, European Council President Charles Michel also tweeted: “Sham referenda. Sham results. We recognize neither.”
On Tuesday, the EU spokesman Peter Stano announced the bloc would slap sanctions on organisers of the “illegal” vote.
Here’s a roundup of other news from or concerning the war in Ukraine on September 28.