Ukraine cut ties with Syria after it recognize breakaway republics
Syria–As a result of Syria, a buddy of Moscow, recognizing the independence of the two separatist republics in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky declared the termination of diplomatic relations with Damascus on Wednesday.
In the Donbas region, the epicenter of Russia’s incursion, the separatist governments of Donetsk and Lugansk, whose independence Moscow recognized in February, have eluded Kiev’s control since 2014.
Syria angered Ukraine on Wednesday after becoming the first country outside of Russia to recognize the two secessionist republics. In a Telegram video, Zelensky stated that “relations between Ukraine and Syria will no longer exist,” adding that “even stronger sanctions pressure” would be placed on Syria. Syria’s action, according to Zelensky, is “worthless tale.”
The Syrian government, which since 2015 has received significant help from Russia in its own civil conflict, has previously backed Moscow’s recognition of breakaway entities.
Georgia, a former Soviet republic, severed diplomatic ties with Syria in 2018 after the latter country recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as sovereign states.
The international community acknowledges Abkhazia and South Ossetia as being a part of Georgia, which gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, but only a small number of other nations do the same.