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Finland condemns Russian action violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity

FINLAND expressed its condemnation of the unilateral acts of Russia which violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The Office of the President of the Republic has published A press release last night, saying the recognition of separatist-controlled regions in eastern Ukraine is a serious breach of the Minsk agreement.

Finland will respond to acts within the framework of the European Union, according to the press release. Leaders of the 27-nation bloc said earlier yesterday that the bloc and its partners would respond to recognition of breakaway regions with “unity, firmness and determination” in solidarity with Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Poutine on Monday signed decrees recognizing the independence of the so-called people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk. The Kremlin then sent troops to the regions to carry out what it described as “peacekeeping functions”.

Putin signed the decrees after delivering a long, moving speech in which he laid out a broad case, based in part on historical grievances, against Ukraine.

The speech, in turn, came after a day of dramatic construction in Moscow, with calls on state-controlled television for recognition of the independence of the leaders of the two breakaway regions and allegations of Ukrainian bombing against civilian targets in the regions, claims that have been denied as “fake news” by Ukraine.

The American President Joe Biden reacted to the development by announcing economic sanctions on the two regions but not on Russia.

Aleksi Teivainen – HT