- Moscow is planning to announce the annexation more and more boldly, despite the constant condemnation of pseudo-referenda by the West and Kyiv, described as “illegal” and “fictitious”
- Installed by the Russians, the administrations of the four occupied provinces have formally asked Vladimir Putin to include them in Russia
- These regions could be incorporated on October 4, that is three days before Putin’s 70th birthday
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The Reuters Agency informs that a stage with giant screens has been set up on Moscow’s Red Square, on which the words “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia, Kherson – Russia!” Are displayed. Installed by the Russians, the administrations of the four occupied provinces turned to Vladimir Putin with a formal request to include them in Russia, which Russian officials consider to be a formality.
The head of the upper house of the Russian parliament said that these regions could be joined on October 4, three days before Putin’s 70th birthday.
“The most important thing has already happened – the referendum has already taken place. The train has already started and it is unlikely to be stopped,” said Rodion Miroshnik, ambassador of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic in Moscow, quoted by the Russian RIA agency. As he added, the formalities should be completed “within a week”.
Russia is planning its annexation more and more boldly, despite the fact that the West continues to condemn it pseudo-referenda, referred to as “illegal” and “fictional”. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky he sought international support from Western leaders against Moscow’s plans. The US and the European Union had already announced that they would not recognize the results of the pseudo-referenda that took place in recent days on the occupied Russia areas. The Kremlin assures that the vote was voluntary and the turnout was high, but the reports of residents to the Western media say otherwise.
“They can announce anything they want. Nobody voted in the referendum except a few people who crossed over. The Russians went from house to house, but nobody left,” one resident of the city of Hoła Prystan told Reuters.
On Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced that Russia would continue the fight until it took control of the entire Donbass. Currently, about 40 percent. the territory of this region remains under the control of Ukraine.
Zelenskiy said that Ukraine would never accept Russian attempts to take over part of it. Meanwhile, Putin has threatened to deploy nuclear weapons to protect new “Russian” territory.
Sources: Reuters, “The Independent”
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