Putin submits Ukraine regions' accession treaties to State Duma
Russian President Vladimir Putin has forwarded accession treaties, which formalize integration of four Ukrainian regions into the Russian soil, to State Duma -- the lower house of the Russian parliament -- for ratification.
Putin submitted the treaties to the legislative body on Sunday, Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
"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 reported.
Upon the parliament's ratification of the treaties, the foursome regions' borders would "become the new state border of the Russian Federation," the report added.
Putin signed the treaties on Friday during a ceremony attended by the leaders of the regions, namely Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine and Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south of the ex-Soviet republic.
The regions had earlier voted overwhelmingly in favor of accession to the Russian Federation during separate referendums.