September 25, 2022

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 help Ukraine. counteroffensive.

After seven months of battle, the ambiance on the bottom has fully modified, the conquest of the whole Donbas – the said objective 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 nicely supported by the acceleration of provides fashionable western weapons.

Russian forces, which ought to have rushed out of Kharkiv Oblast ten days in the past, are beneath rising stress in Luhansk Oblast, the one one they’ve full management of, in northeastern Ukraine, and are step by step retreating additional south as they method town. Kherson.

At a time when males and arms are operating low, Russia is eager to consolidate its territorial features and has relaunched its annexation referendum venture that it appeared to shelve in latest 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 Individuals’s Republic” (LPR) and the “Donetsk Individuals’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 arrange these votings from 23 to 27 September, that’s, from this Friday.

“I ask you as quickly as doable, within the occasion of a constructive final 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, mentioned he was very supportive of those “initiatives” which he mentioned would change the nation’s historical past and provides Moscow extra energy to guard these territories.

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