Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the occupied self-proclamed "people's republics" LPR and DPR.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy did not visit "the occupied part of LPR". On the 8th of May, Zelenskyy inspected the Severodonetsk-Stanytsia Luhanska road - this is a part of Luhansk region which is under Ukrainian control, it is not occupied and remains an integral part of Ukraine.
The territories of Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts (regions) are internationally recognised parts of Ukraine. The EU has on numerous times mentioned that Ukraine’s borders must be respected. On 27 March 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 68/262 confirming Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Moreover, Russia had also pledged to respect the borders of Crimea in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994 and in the Ukraine-Russia Friendship Treaty of 1997.
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