Vladimir Putin recognized independence shortly before launching his offensive in Ukraine on February 24
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The pro-Russian separatist territories of the Donbs region, in eastern Ukraine, as well as the Kherson region (south) and Zaporizhia will organize referendums from September 23 to 27 to join Russia, their authorities and press agencies indicated on Tuesday. Its integration into Russia would mean an escalation in the ongoing conflict.
Vladimir Putin recognized the independence shortly before launching his offensive in Ukraine on February 24. His integration into Russia would mean an escalation in the ongoing conflict.
Ukraine promises to “eliminate” the Russian “threat”, after announcement of referendums in the Donbs, AFP reported.
“Ukraine is going to solve the Russian question. The threat can only be liquidated by force,” the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Andrii Yermak, wrote on Telegram, denouncing “blackmail” by Moscow motivated by “fear of defeat”.
Since the beginning of September, the Ukrainian forces have recovered thousands of square kilometers occupied by Russian troops.
The regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, in the east of the country, have been under the control of pro-Russian separatists since 2014. The region of Kherson, in the south, has been occupied by the Russian army since the beginning of the invasion launched on February 24.
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergui Lavrov, and the Duma or Lower House supported this Tuesday the holding of referendums on integration with Russia, reported Efe.
“From the very beginning of the special military operation in general and in the period that preceded it, we said that the peoples of the respective territories should decide their fate,” Lavrov said in remarks to the host of the television program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin “, Pavel Zarubán.