The "Russian Parliament" ratifies the annexation of Ukrainian regions, and Moscow comments on the nuclear attack on Kyiv

The "Russian Parliament" ratifies the annexation of Ukrainian regions, and Moscow comments on the nuclear attack on Kyiv The Russian parliament ratified the annexation of 4 Ukrainian regions to Russia after referendums described by the West as "sham". The Kremlin commented on the use of nuclear weapons against Kyiv after statements by the Chechen president.  Russia's lower house of parliament on Monday approved laws to annex four occupied Ukrainian regions to Russia, after hastily organized referendums denounced by Ukraine and the West as coercive and illegal.  None of the State Duma deputies opposed the decisions aimed at formally incorporating the Kherson, Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhia regions into Russia.  "The decision was taken unanimously. The Russian Federation has 89 entities," State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin wrote in a Telegram post attached to a map of Russia including the four regions as well as Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine without international recognition in 2014.  In comments shortly after the vote in the House of Representatives, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov congratulated representatives of the four regions and said he was confident the Senate would also approve these measures.  The decisions were not expected to encounter any opposition in either the State Duma or the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, which largely implement the Kremlin's policy.  Russia began a formal process of annexing the four Ukrainian regions last week, but none of them are fully under the control of Moscow's forces, and Ukraine is making progress in counterattacks in the south and east.  "balanced approach"  On the other hand, the Kremlin commented on the statements of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov , who criticized the Russian military leadership for setbacks on the battlefield and called for the use of a "low-yield nuclear weapon" in Ukraine.  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia prefers a "balanced approach" and not motivated by emotions on the issue of the use of nuclear weapons, noting that Kadyrov has the right to express his opinion, but the Russian military approach should not be motivated by emotions.  "This is a very emotional moment. The heads of the regions have the right to express their views," Peskov said in a call with reporters on Monday.  "But even in difficult moments, emotions should be kept away from any kind of evaluation. So we prefer to stick to balanced and objective evaluations," he added.  He noted that the basis for any use of nuclear weapons is stipulated in the Russian nuclear doctrine.  These guidelines permit the use of nuclear weapons if they, or any other weapon of mass destruction, are used against Russia or if the Russian state faces an existential threat from conventional weapons.  "It can't be other considerations when it comes to that," Peskov said.  The Kremlin explained that this nuclear protection extends to the four regions of Ukraine, which Moscow announced its annexation.

The Russian parliament ratified the annexation of 4 Ukrainian regions to Russia after referendums described by the West as "sham". The Kremlin commented on the use of nuclear weapons against Kyiv after statements by the Chechen president.

Russia's lower house of parliament on Monday approved laws to annex four occupied Ukrainian regions to Russia, after hastily organized referendums denounced by Ukraine and the West as coercive and illegal.

None of the State Duma deputies opposed the decisions aimed at formally incorporating the Kherson, Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhia regions into Russia.

"The decision was taken unanimously. The Russian Federation has 89 entities," State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin wrote in a Telegram post attached to a map of Russia including the four regions as well as Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine without international recognition in 2014.

In comments shortly after the vote in the House of Representatives, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov congratulated representatives of the four regions and said he was confident the Senate would also approve these measures.

The decisions were not expected to encounter any opposition in either the State Duma or the Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, which largely implement the Kremlin's policy.

Russia began a formal process of annexing the four Ukrainian regions last week, but none of them are fully under the control of Moscow's forces, and Ukraine is making progress in counterattacks in the south and east.

"balanced approach"

On the other hand, the Kremlin commented on the statements of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov , who criticized the Russian military leadership for setbacks on the battlefield and called for the use of a "low-yield nuclear weapon" in Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia prefers a "balanced approach" and not motivated by emotions on the issue of the use of nuclear weapons, noting that Kadyrov has the right to express his opinion, but the Russian military approach should not be motivated by emotions.

"This is a very emotional moment. The heads of the regions have the right to express their views," Peskov said in a call with reporters on Monday.

"But even in difficult moments, emotions should be kept away from any kind of evaluation. So we prefer to stick to balanced and objective evaluations," he added.

He noted that the basis for any use of nuclear weapons is stipulated in the Russian nuclear doctrine.

These guidelines permit the use of nuclear weapons if they, or any other weapon of mass destruction, are used against Russia or if the Russian state faces an existential threat from conventional weapons.

"It can't be other considerations when it comes to that," Peskov said.

The Kremlin explained that this nuclear protection extends to the four regions of Ukraine, which Moscow announced its annexation.

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