The regions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia will begin the merger process. All support former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s claim. Kyiv promises response to “defuse” Russian “threat”.
Are the separatist republics panicking at the progress of the Ukrainian counteroffensive? The pro-Russian territories of the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine will hold referendums on reunification with Russia from September 23 to 27, their officials and official news agencies announced on Tuesday (September 20). The elections will be held in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, whose independence Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized shortly before launching his offensive against Ukraine.
Earlier in the day, the leaders of the two provinces called for the urgent organization of such merger referendums. Denis Bushilin, head of the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk, called on his Luhansk counterpart, Leonid Bascheknik, for joint action in this direction. “I think we should prepare some things together, some of our actions should be synchronized: I propose to combine the efforts of the respective administrations and parliaments to solve the problems of preparing for the referendum.“, he explained in the heavily staged video.
This Tuesday, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev personally supported the organization of these referendums on Telegram, saying that “Essentials“. For its part, Ukraine promised “to dissolve“the”threatAfter these announcements Russian. “Ukraine will solve the Russian problem. The threat can only be dispelled by force“, Andriï Iermak, head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, condemned in Telegram”IntimidationFrom Moscow, motivatedFear of failure».
A poll in Kherson and Zaporizhia
Kherson region, which has been widely attacked by Ukrainian troops since early September, has also been affected by the vote. “I am informed that as per the decree, polling will be held from 23rd to 27th September 2022.“, Vladimir Zalto, head of the occupation administration, said in a telegram. On September 5, the Russian occupation administration announced that sPause preparation for merger poll Due to Ukrainian military presence in the region. Zaporizhia Oblast followed suit and announced a referendum on the same dates. Two areas that Kremlin troops do not fully control.
This joint call may be a sign of widespread tension in these three regions, Targets of a major Ukrainian counteroffensive. Kyiv’s military announced on Monday that it had regained control of a village a few kilometers from the fortified town of Lysizansk in the Luhansk region, which was captured by the Russians in July. “There are fights for every inchSergei Keidai, governor of Louhansk province appointed by Volodymyr Zelensky, warned in a telegram. The enemy prepares his defence. So we won’t go in».
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A huge expansion in conflict
The primary objectives ofSpecial Military OperationsThe Russian separatist provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk are not fully controlled by Kremlin troops. A referendum in each of these provinces promises to be inconclusive, at least if it is held democratically, which at present seems highly unlikely. But that would represent a major escalation in the conflict. First, it would allow Russia to legitimize its occupation of the region by explaining to the international community that its citizens voted to join the country.
Later, he would grant Moscow special protection to the two self-proclaimed republics: thus they would become an integral part of Russian territory, and any attack could be considered aggression against Russia. According to Russia’s theory, a nuclear weapon is capable of incendiary fire.In case of aggression against the Russian Federation with conventional weapons, it reserves the right (…) to use its nuclear weapons because the existence of the state would be threatened.».
A disastrous option confirmed by Dmitry Medvedev. “Trespassing on Russian territory is a crime that allows us to use all our forces in self-defenseHe warned the former president on his Telegram channel. This is why these referendums are so feared by the QU and the West, and why they must be held.“. and add:They will completely change the vector of Russian development for several decades. (…) After the integration of these new territories in Russia, the geopolitical transformation of the world will become irreversible».
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