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Russia’s “sham referenda” have prompted the government to legally support Ukraine in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and to put financial sanctions and travel bans on another 28 “Russian-appointed separatists, ministers and senior officials”.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has announced the annexation of four regions in Ukraine after holding illegitimate referenda.

The regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia are sovereign Ukrainian territory. President Putin’s annexation is illegal and any claims that these territories are now part of Russia are baseless and false.

Australia has also filed an intervention in the ICJ case brought by Ukraine against Russia, supporting Ukraine’s claims Russia has violated the convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide (genocide convention).

The areas of Ukraine currently occupied by Russian forces are the sovereign territory of Ukraine. No sham referendum will change this.

Our intervention underscores our commitment to upholding fundamental rules of international law and the integrity of the genocide convention.

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