Putin's Annexation Speech September 30th 2022 (full translation)


Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the formal annexation of four regions of Ukraine in a speech on Friday.


Putin and leaders of the four regions signed treaties to annex Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia – a move which has been denounced as “illegal” by Ukraine and Western powers.


During a 37-minute long speech, Putin spoke about the break up of the Soviet Union, Western “colonial policy”, nuclear weapons, and his view of Western morals, transgenderism, satanism and more.


So is Putin a White hat? Black hat? Grey hat? Read the full transcript below and decide for yourself….


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Vladimir Putin: Dear citizens of Russia, citizens of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, residents of Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, deputies of the State Duma, senators of the Russian Federation,


As you know, referendums were held in the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions. Their results are summed up, the results are known. People have made their choice, a clear choice.


Today we are signing agreements on the admission of the Donetsk People's Republic, Luhansk People's Republic, Zaporizhia region and Kherson region to Russia. I am sure that the Federal Assembly will support the constitutional laws on the adoption and formation of four new regions and four new subjects of the Russian Federation in Russia, because this is the will of millions of people.


(Applause.)


And this, of course, is their right, their inalienable right, which is enshrined in the first Article of the UN Charter, which explicitly states the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.


I repeat: this is an inalienable right of people, it is based on historical unity, in the name of which the generations of our ancestors won, those who created and defended Russia from the origins of Ancient Russia for centuries. Here, in Novorossiya, Rumyantsev, Suvorov and Ushakov fought, and Catherine II and Potemkin founded new cities. Our grandfathers and great-grandfathers stood here to their deaths during the Great Patriotic War.


We will always remember the heroes of the "Russian spring", those who did not come to terms with the neo-Nazi coup in Ukraine in 2014, all those who died for the right to speak their native language, preserve their culture, traditions, faith, and the right to live. These are soldiers of Donbass, martyrs of the "Odessa Khatyn", victims of inhumane terrorist attacks organized by the Kiev regime. These are volunteers and militia members, these are civilians, children, women, the elderly, Russians, Ukrainians, people of various nationalities. This is the real people's leader of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko, these are military commanders Arsen Pavlov and Vladimir Zhoga, Olga Kochura and Alexey Mozgovoy, this is the prosecutor of the Luhansk Republic Sergey Gorenko. This is paratrooper Nurmagomed Gadzhimagomedov and all our soldiers and officers who died bravely during a special military operation. They are heroes. (Applause.) Heroes of great Russia. Please observe a minute of silence in their memory.


(Minute of silence.)


Thanks.


The choice of millions of people in the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions is our common destiny and millennial history. People passed this spiritual connection on to their children and grandchildren. Despite all the trials, we carried our love for Russia through the years. And no one can destroy this feeling in us. That is why both older generations and young people, those who were born after the tragedy of the collapse of the Soviet Union, voted for our unity, for our common future.


In 1991, in Belovezhskaya Pushcha, without asking the will of ordinary citizens, representatives of the party elites of that time decided on the collapse of the USSR, and people were suddenly cut off from their homeland. It really tore apart our national community and turned into a national catastrophe. Just as the borders of the Union republics were cut up behind the scenes after the revolution, so the last leaders of the Soviet Union, despite the direct will of the majority of people, destroyed our great country in a 1991 referendum and simply confronted the peoples with the fact.


I admit that they didn't even fully understand what they were doing and what consequences it would inevitably lead to in the end. But it doesn't matter. The Soviet Union is gone, the past cannot be returned. And Russia doesn't even need it today, and we don't want to do it. But there is nothing stronger than the determination of millions of people who, by their culture, faith, traditions, and language, consider themselves part of Russia, and whose ancestors have lived in a single state for centuries. There is nothing stronger than the determination of these people to return to their true, historical Homeland.


For eight long years, people in the Donbas were subjected to genocide, shelling and blockade, and in Kherson and Zaporozhye, they tried to criminally cultivate hatred for Russia, for everything Russian. Now, already in the course of referendums, the Kiev regime has threatened schoolteachers and women who worked in election commissions with violence and death, and intimidated millions of people who came to express their will with repression. But the unbroken people of Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson have spoken their word.


I want to be heard by the Kiev authorities and their real masters in the West, so that everyone remembers this: people living in Lugansk and Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye, become our citizens forever. (Applause.)


We call on the Kiev regime to immediately cease fire, all fighting, and the war it unleashed back in 2014, and return to the negotiating table. We are ready for this, it has been said more than once. But the choice of the people in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson will not be discussed, it has been made, and Russia will not betray it. (Applause.) And today's Kiev authorities should treat this free expression of people's will with respect, and in no other way. This is the only way to peace.


We will defend our land with all the forces and means at our disposal and will do everything to ensure a safe life for our people. This is the great liberation mission of our people.


We will definitely rebuild destroyed cities and towns, housing, schools, hospitals, theaters and museums, restore and develop industrial enterprises, factories, infrastructure, social security systems, pensions, healthcare and education.


Of course, we will work on improving the level of security. Together, we will make sure that citizens in the new regions feel the support of the entire people of Russia, the entire country, all the republics, all the territories and regions of our vast Homeland. (Applause.)


Dear friends and colleagues,


Today I want to appeal to the soldiers and officers who participate in a special military operation, to the soldiers of Donbass and Novorossiya, to those who, after the decree on partial mobilization, join the Armed Forces, fulfilling their patriotic duty, who come to the military enlistment offices at the call of their hearts. I would also like to address their parents, wives, and children, and tell them what our people are fighting for, what kind of enemy we are facing, and who is throwing the world into new wars and crises, drawing their bloody profit from this tragedy.


Our compatriots, our brothers and sisters in Ukraine – the native part of our united people – have seen with their own eyes what the ruling circles of the so-called West are preparing for all of humanity. Here, in fact, they simply threw off their masks, showed their true nature.


After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the West decided that the world, all of us, would have to put up with its dictates forever. Then, in 1991, the West expected that Russia would never recover from such shocks and would continue to fall apart on its own. Yes, it almost happened – we remember the 90s, the terrible 90s, hungry, cold and hopeless. But Russia has survived, revived, strengthened, and regained its rightful place in the world.


At the same time, all this time the West has been looking for and continues to look for a new chance to strike at us, weaken and destroy Russia, as they have always dreamed of, to split our state, to pit peoples against each other, to condemn them to poverty and extinction. They are simply haunted by the fact that there is such a great, huge country in the world with its territory, natural resources, resources, and people who do not know how and will never live according to someone else's instructions.


The West is ready to step over everything to preserve the neocolonial system that allows it to parasitize, in fact, rob the world at the expense of the power of the dollar and technological dictates, collect real tribute fro