War messages from Moscow if the Ukrainians attack the 4 regions

War messages from Moscow if the Ukrainians attack the 4 regions
War messages from Moscow if the Ukrainians attack the 4 regions

“If Ukraine attacks referendum territories (Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhia), the Russian constitution will apply,” Dmitry Peskov clarified, stressing however that the Moscow wants the negotiation process to achieve its goals, but cannot predict the conditions for its resumption.

“With a positive decision in the referendums, the actions of the parliament and the president of Russia will follow, documents will be signed, everything will be immediate,” he said.

By annexing another 20% of Ukraine’s territory, Moscow will now be able to claim that its own territories are now under attack with weapons provided by NATO and other Western countries to Ukraine.

Russia’s model of fake referendums is known since the case of Crimea in 2014. The annexation followed such a referendum, which the international community denounced as illegal and rigged. Russia was subsequently expelled from the G8 and sanctioned by many countries.

Dmitry Peskov also said that “the matter of one possible loan amnesty for those called up as part of the partial conscription is being worked on by the government, although there is no clear position yet.”

Referendums in the occupied territories

Today four regions of Ukraine – Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia, Kherson – controlled by Russian and pro-Russian forces are entering the “battle” of referendums, with citizens being asked to vote to join Russia. Referendums condemned by the West as false, which will result in the illegal annexation of these areas to Russia.

The process started at 08:00 (local and Greek time) and continues at noon on Friday, door to door for… security reasons, as decided by the election committee of the pro-Russian separatists of Donetsk. Only on the last day will residents be able to rush to the polling stations.

The provocative plan to set up the ballot box, which Western estimates could escalate the war, was announced on Tuesday by the “leaders” of the 4 regions, with the Russian president lending his support a day later, during his speech.

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The “mock referendums” start today and will last for five days, until September 27, with their result – in favor of joining Russia – considered a foregone conclusion.

An example is the referendum held in Crimea in 2014, in which 97% voted in favor of official annexation.

The attitude of the West and the allies of Ukraine that will not recognize them is also predetermined.

Voting in Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson, which make up 15% of Ukrainian territory, comes as Russia is rocked by incidents and protests by Russian reservists drafted in after Putin’s decision, as well as major victories which Ukraine registers on the front.

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What will Putin gain by annexation?

Seven months after the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian president is losing ground as Kiev’s counteroffensive in the occupied territories bears fruit. The referendums taking place from today in the 4 regions are one of three steps taken by the Kremlin in an attempt to regain the upper hand in the war.

By annexing an additional 15% of Ukrainian territory, Russia will be able to justify an escalation of the war, as it will claim that its territories are under attack by NATO weapons.

In this climate, Dmitry Medvedev, who was president of Russia from 2008 to 2012, wrote yesterday on Telegram that “trespassing on Russian territory is a crime that allows us to use all our forces.”

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“If all this is declared as annexed territory, Moscow can declare that this is a direct attack on Russia and start a war without borders,” Luhansk regional governor Serhii Gaidai told Ukrainian television.

The situation in the 4 regions where the referendums are taking place

All 4 areas are either partially or fully occupied.

At Kherson the situation is tense, with Russian soldiers fighting to contain a major Ukrainian counteroffensive underway.

THE Zaporizhia on the other hand it is in Ukrainian hands and the referendum on its annexation has no meaning at the moment.

Only 60% of it Donetsk in the east it is under Russian occupation and fighting is raging in the area.

Russia controls most of it Luhansk in the northeast, although there it is beginning to lose ground.

Protests in Russia over conscription

At the same time, the call-up of reservists and the closing of borders to conscript-age men has sparked major reactions in Moscow and other cities in Russia with the crackdown being fierce.

Russian authorities have begun handing the men marching papers. They give the men an hour to pack and report to the recruiting offices.

Women bow as they greet their husbands and sons, and men drink vodka, hug and cry before leaving for war.

Of course, there is also the other side. Those who do not want to go to war and try either alone or with their families to leave the country to avoid conscription. The result is chaos at airports and borders.

The West condemns

NATO on Thursday condemned Russia’s plans to hold “referendums” in military-held Ukrainian provinces and called on all nations around the world to condemn what the alliance called “brutal attempts by Russia to seize territory”.

“The mock referendums in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson provinces of Ukraine have no legitimacy and will be a gross violation of the UN Charter,” the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said in a statement.

At the same time, the referendums have condemned international leaders such as US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, as well as NATO, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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