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NATO chief slams annexation votes in Ukraine

NATO chief slams annexation votes in Ukraine

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The Moscow organised votes in four occupied regions in Ukraine on annexation by Russia are a "sham" and "a blatant violation of international law," NATO's chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday.

Stoltenberg tweeted that he spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky "and made clear that NATO Allies are unwavering in our support for Ukraine's sovereignty and right to self-defence".

"The sham referenda held by Russia have no legitimacy and are a blatant violation of international law. These lands are Ukraine," Stoltenberg said.

His declaration was made on the fifth and final day of the Moscow-organised voting in the Ukrainian regions, where Kremlin-installed authorities were already claiming the uncounted ballots had gone Russia's way.