December 7, 2022

Putin announces the annexation of Ukraine's regions within days, says UK

Putin announces the annexation of Ukraine’s regions within days, says UK

The British Ministry of Defense announced, on Tuesday, that Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to announce Russia’s annexation of four partially occupied regions in eastern Ukraine shortly after the conclusion of the interim referendums organized by the Kremlin proxies.

There is a “realistic possibility” that Putin will use a speech to the Russian parliament, which Russian state media reported will take place on Friday, to officially announce his intention to absorb Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, despite the Defense Ministry said in its daily intelligence report on the Ukraine war. International condemnation.

With Putin’s impending announcement, and fears that it will be accompanied by a declaration of martial law, the exodus of fighting-age Russian men trying to escape the military buildup appeared to have reached critical levels, with worsening traffic jams and huge queues at border crossings.

Interim referendums, which are considered illegal under Ukrainian and international law, are set to expire on Tuesday, and the result will no doubt appear as showing overwhelming popular support for joining Russia. However, Russia does not fully control any of the four regions, either militarily or politically. In addition, many residents have been displaced by the war, and there have been numerous reports of civilians being forced to vote at gunpoint or under other forms of coercion.

Britain’s MoD said: “Russian leaders almost certainly hope that any announcement of accession will be seen as a justification for the ‘special military operation’ and will bolster national support for the conflict.” However, she warned that the chaos surrounding the “partial mobilization” announced by Putin last week would undermine the Kremlin’s messages about annexation.

Propaganda newspapers show how Russia promoted annexation in Kharkiv

Pro-Kremlin leaders in separatist-controlled parts of Luhansk have already declared that the referendum is “complete” and said they intend to announce preliminary results on Tuesday evening.

In Russia, there are growing concerns, especially among men of fighting age, that once Ukrainian regions are absorbed, Putin will declare martial law, shutting down the possibility of traveling abroad to escape conscription.

As Putin’s expected announcement approached, there was growing chaos at the main border crossings.

The authorities of the North Ossetia region bordering Georgia, which has been one of the main transit centers for Russians fleeing the military build-up, said on Tuesday they are considering declaring a state of emergency as thousands of cars line up to cross the Verkhny Lars checkpoint.

“The influx is so big, no one expected it to be so big,” said the region’s head, Sergei Minyalo, in a live interview on one of the social media channels run by Vladimir Soloviev, the Russian TV presenter and propagandist in the Kremlin.

“We can’t close the lane to the republic, so we’re trying to offer an electronic car queue specifically,” Minellau said. “But the issue is very complex and most likely I will decide to impose a partial state of emergency,” he added.

The North Ossetian branch of the Interior Ministry said it would set up a temporary recruitment office next to the crossing.

Pictures show miles of cars on the Russian border as many crowds flee

Human rights groups reported that some Russians were turned back from border posts, citing decisions by their local military commissariats banning departures from the country.

Georgia said it has beefed up the number of guards at the checkpoint but sees no reason to close the border. Georgian Interior Minister Vakhtang Gumeluri said that about 10,000 Russians arrive in the country every day, which is almost double the number compared to September 21, when the mobilization was announced.

In Kazakhstan, another neighboring country that allows visa-free entry for Russian passport holders, residents of the border city of Uralsk have renovated a movie theater and turned it into a temporary refuge for incoming Russians who could not find a hotel room or apartment for rent.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Tuesday that his country has an obligation to help incoming Russians.

“In recent days, many people have come to us from Russia,” Tokayev said. “Most of them are forced to leave due to the current desperate situation. We must take care of them and ensure their safety. This is a political and humanitarian issue.”

Referring to the growing row with the Kremlin over the invasion of Ukraine, the Kazakh leader also called for territorial integrity to be respected, referring to the annexation referendums. He cast an indirect criticism of Putin, who has been in power since 2000, saying that if one person rules a country for years, “it does not honor this country or its leader.”

The war in Ukraine: what you need to know

Last: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of troops in a speech to the nation on September 21, framing the move as an attempt to defend Russian sovereignty against a West that seeks to use Ukraine as a tool to “divide and destroy Russia”. . Follow us Live updates here.

Fighting: The successful Ukrainian counterattack forced a major Russian withdrawal in the northeastern Kharkiv region in recent days, as troops fled the cities and villages they had occupied from the early days of the war and abandoned large amounts of military equipment.

Annexation referendums: Russian news agencies reported that the interim referendums, which would be illegal under international law, are scheduled for September 23-27 in the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. The Moscow-appointed administration in Kherson will hold another referendum in stages, starting on Friday.

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