Czech foreign minister:Czechia will never recognize result of pseudo-referendums in eastern Ukraine

Czechia will never recognize the outcome of the pseudo-referendums that Moscow plans to hold in the occupied eastern regions of Ukraine, Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavský wrote on Twitter. Mr. Lipavský said the referendums were an obvious attempt to annex more Ukrainian territory as happened in the case of Crimea, adding that they constituted a flagrant violation of international law for which Moscow must be held accountable. The EU warned earlier that if Russia presses ahead with annexation referendums in Ukraine’s occupied eastern areas, it would not recognize the result and would prepare potential new sanctions against Moscow.