U.S. ambassador to Ukraine says Russia's mobilisation, referenda show weakness

U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink visits Borodianka
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink speaks as she stands near the monument of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko with traces of shelling during a visit to Borodianka, as Russia's attacks on Ukraine continues, Kyiv Region, Ukraine June 4, 2022. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Bridget Brink, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, said on Wednesday that Russia has shown weakness by announcing a mobilisation of its military reserves and setting out referenda in Russia-occupied territories in Ukraine.

"Sham referenda and mobilization are signs of weakness, of Russian failure," Brink said on Twitter.

"The United States will never recognise Russia's claim to purportedly annexed Ukrainian territory."

Reporting in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly; editing by Matthias Williams

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