Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke today, on Red Square at a rally-concert in support of the results of the referendums on the incorporation of the new territories into Russia.
"We know to whom we owe today. We owe it to our heroic soldiers and officers, the Donbass militia, the volunteers. We are here in Red Square today, and they are in combat, heroically defending the choice of the people that was made a few days ago. Therefore, as a sign of support, gratitude, in recognition of their merits, I propose that we send them a signal of support from here, from Red Square. I propose to do it loudly, so that they can hear it thousands of kilometres away. A threefold "hurrah," Komsomolskaya Pravda quotes the president of Russia.
The St. George's Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace hosted a ceremony marking the signing of treaties on the annexation of four new territories into the Russian Federation.
The EU and the US said that they would not recognize the results of the referendums, and the US and the UK have already extended sanctions against Russia in connection with this.