The latest war between Ukraine and Russia: No peace talks while Putin is Russian leader, says Zelensky

Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Tuesday night that Ukraine will never hold peace talks with Russia while Vladimir Putin is in charge, as the Kremlin prepares to announce mass annexations of Ukrainian land.

Speaking to the United Nations via video link, Ukraine’s president called for tough new sanctions on Russia following fake referendums held by Russian officials in land seized by the Kremlin during its invasion of Ukraine.

The referendums, denounced by Kyiv and its Western allies as rigged, took place in the Russian-controlled regions of Luhansk and Kherson and in the occupied areas of Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions. They are widely seen as a pretext for reports that Russia is annexing the territories, just as it annexed Crimea in 2014.

Pro-Moscow officials said later Tuesday that residents of all four of Ukraine’s occupied regions had voted to join Russia, possibly a prelude to annexations, possibly within days.

Ukraine called an emergency meeting of the Security Council to respond to the referendums

Mr Zelensky told the UN that he would not hold talks with Putin: “Russia’s recognition of these fake referendums as normal, the implementation of the so-called Crimean scenario and yet another attempt to annex Ukrainian territory will mean that there will be no what to talk about with this president of Russia.”

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