Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, now head of Vladimir Putin’s Safety Council, on Tuesday backed annexation referendums that pro-Russian separatists need to set up in Ukraine this week in hopes of discouraging Western international locations from persevering with to assist Ukraine. counteroffensive.
After seven months of battle, the environment on the bottom has utterly modified, the conquest of your entire Donbas – the said purpose of Moscow after the failure of its offensive on Kyiv – appears increasingly illusory, whereas the Ukrainian military, quite the opposite, started to retake the occupied territories, which was properly supported by the acceleration of provides trendy western weapons.
Russian forces, which ought to have rushed out of Kharkiv Oblast ten days in the past, are below rising strain in Luhansk Oblast, the one one they’ve full management of, in northeastern Ukraine, and are step by step retreating additional south as they strategy the town. Kherson.
At a time when males and arms are working low, Russia is eager to consolidate its territorial beneficial properties and has relaunched its annexation referendum undertaking that it appeared to shelve in current weeks, an initiative that Ukraine instantly assured it was not going to “change that -or”.
This was introduced on Tuesday by the leaders of the “Luhansk Folks’s Republic” (LPR) and the “Donetsk Folks’s Republic” (DPR), in addition to the heads of administrations created by Moscow within the components of Zaporozhye and Kherson areas occupied by Russian troops. intend to prepare these votings from 23 to 27 September, that’s, from this Friday.
“I ask you as quickly as potential, within the occasion of a optimistic end result of the referendum, which is past doubt for us, to contemplate the DPR as an integral a part of Russia,” DPR chief Denis Pushilin wrote in a letter to Vladimir Putin.
Dmitry Medvedev, who dominated Russia from 2008 to 2012, stated he was very supportive of those “initiatives” which he stated would change the nation’s historical past and provides Moscow extra energy to guard these territories.