The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the illegal annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson by the Russian Federation.
This is yet another blatant violation of the UN Charter and of the international law and a deliberate disrespect of Ukraine's independence.
The so-called referenda, carried out in a rushed and non-democratic manner cannot legitimise Russia's acts of aggression. Their fabricated results cannot and must not be recognised by the international community.
The EESC's support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders remains unequivocal. The Committee's support of Ukraine, its courageous people and civil society is unwavering and will continue.