Volodymyr Zhelensky announced on Wednesday night that Ukraine would sever diplomatic relations with Syria after the Damascus regime recognized the independence of pro-Russian separatist republics in eastern Ukraine, Luhansk and Donetsk.
“There will be no more relations between Ukraine and Syria,” Zhelensky said in a video released in the Telegram, adding that “pressure for sanctions” against Russia’s ally Russia will be “even greater”.
“This is an unimportant fact,” he said, signing an agreement with the EU for a “visa-free” regime for goods coming to EU countries from Ukraine.
The Assad regime, a close ally of the Kremlin, announced on Wednesday that it would recognize the independence of pro-Russian separatist republics Donetsk and Luhansk from Ukraine. Shortly before the invasion of Ukraine, Russia recognized two imaginary states in February as “independent.”
This is not the first time Syria has expressed support for the half-states discovered by Russia in its neighboring regions. In 2018, the Assad regime recognized the independence of the separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia.
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