“We are on our own land. We are not afraid of anything or anyone. We don’t owe anyone anything. And we will not give anything to anyone. And we are sure of that. Because it’s not February 2014, it’s February 2022. Another country, another army. One goal – peace in Ukraine.”Volodymyr ZelenskyyZelensky stressed that Ukraine’s borders will remain as recognized by the international community, “despite the statements of the Russian Federation.
Earlier, Putin signed decrees recognizing the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR) on the evening of February 21. Heads of the European Commission and the European Council Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel, as well as EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, called the recognition of the independence of the DPR and LPR in violation of international law, the Minsk agreements and the territorial integrity of Ukraine.