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Russia's annexation straight out of Putin's playbook - WH

White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan commented on Russia's decision to sign accession of the four Ukrainian regions to the Federation on Friday, noting that the move was not surprising but "straight out of Putin's playbook of deceit, disinformation, and aggression."

"Every aspect of this process was pre-staged and falsified under orders from the Kremlin," Sullivan underscored. The White House national security adviser accused Moscow of forcing Ukrainian civilians to vote in favor of referendums under pressure and under the watch of "armed guards."

Sullivan stressed that saying the annexation reflects "the will of the people" is an "absurdity," adding that Washington, along with its allies will never recognize these actions by introducing a "coordinated" response. Sullivan revealed that US President Joe Biden will sign the bill later today, which will allocate an additional $12.3 billion to Kiev, assuring that Washington will continue to support Ukraine in defending its "sovereignty."

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