The European Union said Friday it strongly condemns Russia's annexation of the occupied regions of Ukraine, adding that it will never recognize the illegal referendums held there and will tighten its sanctions to increase pressure on Moscow, Reuters reported.
The European Council, a grouping of 27 EU member states, said in a statement on behalf of those members that Russia's deliberate undermining of the international order endangers global security.
"We do not and will never recognise the illegal ‘referenda’ that Russia has engineered as a pretext for this further violation of Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, nor their falsified and illegal results. We will strengthen our restrictive measures countering Russia's illegal actions. They will further increase pressure on Russia to end its war of aggression," the EU said in a statement.
Today, the Kremlin hosted a ceremony of acceptance of four new territories into Russia.