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Ukraine’s Zelenskyy cuts ties with Syria after it recognized separatist republics

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced cutting ties with Syria after Damascus recognized the independence of Ukraine’s two separatist republics.

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“There will no longer be relations between Ukraine and Syria,” Zelensky said in a video on Telegram.

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Earlier on Wednesday, the Syrian state news agency SANA cited a foreign ministry official as saying: “Syria has decided to recognize the independence and sovereignty of both the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic.”

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“We will communicate with both countries to agree on frameworks for strengthening relations, including establishing diplomatic relations in accordance with established rules,” the official added.

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Prior to launching the invasion of Ukraine, Russia recognized the independence of Ukraine’s breakaway states of Donetsk and Lugansk.

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The two self-declared states escaped Kyiv’s control since 2014.

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