KIEV, October 4. /TASS/. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has invoked a decree of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine on the impossibility of holding negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a decree published on the official website of the Ukrainian president’s office on Tuesday.
"To acknowledge the impossibility of holding negotiations with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin," the document reads.
Zelensky ordered the country’s government to reinforce Ukrainian defense capabilities by means of increasing the volume of military and technical aid. The president also recommended the Supreme Rada speed up the process of passing relevant draft laws on the introduction of sanctions against Russia.
Last Friday, Ukrainian President Zelensky reported that new sanctions would be introduced against several thousand Russian legal entities and private individuals as well as against the organizers of the referendums in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions. He pointed out that the list was "indeed extensive" and would include "rather famous names."
On September 30, a ceremony was held in the Kremlin, during which Russian President Vladimir Putin signed with the heads of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and the Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions treaties on the new territories joining Russia. Earlier, referendums were held there, and residents of the regions supported joining Russia by a majority of votes.
During the ceremony, President Putin urged Kiev to immediately cease hostilities and return to the negotiating table.