Just three days after the end of the ‘fake’ referendum, illegal brigade of occupied territories
[모스크바=AP/뉴시스] Russian President Vladimir Putin announces a partial mobilization order in a speech to the public in Moscow on the 21st. Putin said he had adopted a partial mobilization order to preserve Russia’s sovereignty and territory and ensure the safety of its people. 2022.09.21.
The Kremlin said an annexation ceremony would be held in the Kremlin and the leaders of the four states would sign an annexation treaty. Initially, it was expected that President Vladimir Putin would give a final ratification by October 4 after the adoption of the resolutions by the Senate and House of Representatives.
Luhansk Oblast, Donetsk Oblast, Zaporiza Oblast, and Kherson Oblast are the four states that have been absorbed into the Russian Federation through a voting procedure that violates international law and is highly questionable of the integrity of the people.
Of the total area of 110,000 square kilometers in the four provinces, more than 90,000 square kilometers occupied and controlled by the Russian military and pro-Russian militants will become Russian territory. It occupies 15% of Ukraine’s 600,000 km2 territory.
Russia had already annexed 28,000 square kilometers of the Krum Peninsula in the form of an annexation request after the same referendum in March 2014. Ukraine, which gained independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991, eventually lost 20% of its territory, or 120,000 square kilometers, to Russia over a period of eight years.
Despite criticism from Ukraine, the West and the international community for illegal and fraudulent voting, Russia is poised to regard any Ukrainian attack on the region as an attack on Russia, as Russia now owns four provinces. In a speech on the 21st, two days before the ballots in the four states, Putin actively supported the referendum and threatened the use of nuclear weapons in an attack on Russian territory, saying “we will use all possible means”.
A week after the invasion, Kherson Province, where the capital city of Kherson was occupied, mentioned holding a referendum to incorporate Russia from May, but it continued to be delayed. Then, in early September, when the Ukrainian counterattack in the recapture of Kharkiv achieved surprising results, Russia and Putin were impatient.
The Ukrainian army recovered 3,000 square kilometers from the counterattack against the Russian-occupied territory at the southern tip of Kharkiv, which began on September 6, by the 10th, five days later. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on the 14th that the restoration area in the northeast would be 8,000 square kilometers and that in the southern Kherson Province, 500 square kilometers.
After giving up on the attack on the capital Kiiu at the end of March, the Russian army launched a “complete liberation” of Donbas in mid-April, and in late June succeeded in expanding the Russian occupation and control area of Luhansk Oblast from 40% to 95% before the invasion. However, for two months until the end of August, the attack on Donetsk Oblast was sluggish, and the proportion of 40% of the invasion was only increased to 60%.
In the midst of this, from the end of August, the Ukrainian military officially launched the Khersonju and Kharkiv space recapture operations using long-range rocket launchers provided by the United States and the West, and achieved remarkable results in just over a week.
Immediately after the announcement of the results of President Zelensky’s recapture, the four states jointly announced that they would hold a referendum on Russian incorporation for five days from the 23rd, a week later, and on the 21st, Putin issued a partial mobilization order.
The referendums in the Russian-occupied territories of the four provinces, held until the 27th, were mostly held in the form of home visits under the surveillance of the Russian military with guns, and the “overwhelming approval” expectation came true.
Eight years ago, the Krem Peninsula referendum recorded a voter turnout of 87% and a voter turnout of 95%, with only 87% in Kherson Province, 93% in Zaporiza, 98% in Luhansk, and 99% in Donetsk. It was announced on the night of the 27th that it had arrived.
After the announcement of the count, the leaders of the nomination and recognition of Russia in the occupied territories of the four provinces asked Putin to immediately grant permission to integrate into the Russian Federation.
After the annexation of the four states, Putin is highly likely to change the name of the invasion of Ukraine, which has been maintained since the start on February 24, and this could be an opportunity to fundamentally change the content and aspects of the invasion of Ukraine, which was 7 months and 3 days old.
Putin has said that the ‘special military operation’ to protect Russians in Eastern Donbas will become a full-fledged territorial defense war against foreign enemies attacking Russian territory, and tactical and strategic nuclear weapons can also be used.
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