(MENAFN) Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent accession treaties, which legalize the integration of four Ukrainian territories into Russian territory, to the Russian State Duma for confirmation.
Putin presented the treaties to the parliamentary body on Sunday, according to Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency.
"The State Duma is scheduled to review these documents on October 3, and the Federation Council (the upper house of the parliament) will review them on October 4," the agency clarified.
Upon the parliament's ratification of the treaties, the foursome regions' borders would "become the new state border of the Russian Federation," the report noted.
Putin signed the accords on Friday in a ceremony attended by the presidents of the regions, Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, and Kherson, Zaporizhzhia in the ex-Soviet republic's south.
Previously, the regions had largely voted in favor of joining the Russian Federation in separate referendums.
Ukraine and its Western supporters, on the other hand, regard the elections as a "sham.
The elections took place in the midst of Russia's continuing military incursion in Ukraine, which Moscow initiated in February to safeguard Donetsk and Luhansk's Russian population from Kiev's persecution.
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