But while people in the Czech Republic and Poland have been laughing about it for days, some in Russia are taking it deadly seriously. The internet portal politexpert.net felt compelled to ask an expert about it. A certain Mikhail Tymoshenko, a retired colonel, assured in an interview: Poland and the Czech Republic should not hope for a partition of the Kaliningrad region, because Russia will never give up its territory. Warsaw could be cornered if it provokes the forces of the Russian Federation’s Baltic Fleet, sources said. Apparently the expert doesn’t understand a joke.
The Kremlin spokesman claimed that these regions would remain with Russia “forever”.
The Kremlin promised on Wednesday to recover the territories recently lost by Moscow in the annexed regions in the south and east of Ukraine, while ensuring that these regions will be with Russia “for all time». «These territories will forever be with Russia, they will be taken backDmitry Peskov insisted.
Ces «territories will be taken over and we will continue to consult with the (local) population about their wish to live in RussiaRussian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. He was questioned about the exact borders of the annexed regions, where the Russian forces abandoned certain localities after Ukrainian counter-offensives.
Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin signed the laws officially recognizing the regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia, in the south of Ukraine, and those of Donetsk and Luhansk, in the east of the country, as parts of the Russian Federation.
But the vagueness remains on the borders that the Kremlin claims exactly in these territories, where the fighting continues.
Ukraine on Wednesday claimed new military victories over the Russian army in the east of the country, after announcing a breakthrough the day before in the southern region of Kherson.
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Mr. Vladimir Putin Russian President Signed a document on Friday (Sept. 30) to annex four Ukrainian provinces as part of Russia.
These four provinces are Krezon, Zaporrichtsia, Luhansk and Donetsk.
The annexation came after Russia sent troops to invade and occupy these territories of Ukraine. That started last February and a referendum was held at the end of September, which was reported to have forced people in the area to vote. Russia has denied the allegations. and stated that it was made transparently
During the annexation ceremony, Mr Putin promised that these newly annexed territories would be Russian territory forever. and will defend with all his might and means.
“People have chosen unanimous sound This is the will of millions.” Mr Putin said
In the past, Ukraine and its Western allies It said it would never accept Russia’s claims over four of Ukraine’s provinces.
September 30, 2022 18:29
Today, Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin formally signed treaties on the four Ukrainian regions of Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, during a grand ceremony held in the Kremlin.
After that, Putin clasped his hands with the leaders of the four regions, in the presence of elite figures in Russia, chanting “Russia! Russia!”.
The Russian president indicated that the residents of the four regions “chosen with one vote” to join Russia after the referendums they organized.
“I want to say to the Kyiv regime and its masters in the West: the people of Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia will forever become our citizens,” he said.
In a letter that preceded the signing of the treaties, Putin demanded that Ukrainian forces cease all military operations.
“We call on the Kyiv regime to immediately stop fighting, stop all hostilities… and return to the negotiating table,” he said.
“People made their choices in the referendums that took place,” Putin added.
The Russian president emphasized that “people were taken from their homeland when the Soviet Union disintegrated” and that “the choice to join Russia is based on history.” But he realized that “the Soviet Union is finished. We cannot bring back the past. Russia no longer needs it. We do not seek that.”
In a speech before hundreds of attendees in the “St. George’s Hall” in the Kremlin, Putin said that Russia will defend its new lands with all the means at its disposal.
On Friday, the Russian President is expected to supervise in the Kremlin a ceremonial annexation of four Ukrainian regions, in which “referendums” have been organized in the past days, namely Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson. The area that Moscow intends to annex represents about 15 percent of the territory of Ukraine. Follow the latest developments of the war in Ukraine hour by hour.
4:45 The Kremlin announces the annexation of four Ukrainian regions during Friday’s ceremony
Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared his independence Ukraine’s Zaporizhia and Kherson regionsAccording to presidential decrees published Thursday evening, on the eve of Russia’s preparations to annex them on Friday.
“I order the recognition of the sovereignty and independence” of the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions in southern Ukraine, Putin said in the decree.
Putin is scheduled to announce on Friday that the two regions are part of Russia. It was reported earlier that Putin would begin the process of annexing four Ukrainian regions to Russia on Friday, including Kherson and Zaporizhia, in a move the United Nations warned would constitute a “dangerous escalation” and threaten the prospects for peace, while Kyiv vowed a harsh response.
3:00 The Security Council voted Friday on a draft resolution condemning the “referendums” to annex Ukrainian regions to Russia
The UN Security Council will vote Friday on a draft resolution condemning the “referendums” to annex several Ukrainian regions to Russia, according to what the French presidency of the council announced Thursday evening, a text that it has no chance of adopting due to the Russian veto.
The draft resolution prepared by the United States and Albania, the exact details of which have not yet been published, has no chance of passing due to Russia’s veto, but can then be submitted to the UN General Assembly.
World tension: What can be expected after the announcement of the annexation of Ukrainian territories to the Russian federation?
Last September 27 was the central day of the referendum carried out by the pro-Russian authorities in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Jerzon y Zaporizhia. Today Thursday, the Kremlin has announced that between 87% and 99% of citizens in those areas support their annexation to Russia. Therefore, President Vladimir Putin will formalize tomorrow his entry as part of the federation.
However, these elections have been widely questioned by the West and Ukraine for considering them “illegal” and “a farce”. In addition, they took place at a time when, 7 months after the Russian invasion began, the military operation is at a turning point.
On the other hand, the I’LL TAKE has considered that the verified leaks in the gas pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2, which join Russia and Europe, appear to be the product of “deliberate acts of sabotage”, something Russia has denied and instead has indicated the intervention of a “third country” in said escape.
With this climate of tensions that seems to enter a new stage after the accession of the aforementioned 4 Ukrainian territories to Russia, how could this impact the world map? What measures could Ukraine and Western countries take in the face of this fact?
Eduardo Ponce de Vivanco: “It will have consequences in all scenarios of world politics”
Eduardo Ponce deVivanco, diplomat and former Vice Chancellor of the Republicconsidered that the new measures announced by the Russian state “will have global consequences”, considering the “illegality” of the popular consultation carried out in the 4 regions of Ukraine.
“The referendum that has been held in those territories is ridiculous. (In a referendum), the ballot boxes are transparent and the votes have to be seen. It is a farce. They wanted to cover something that is obviously arbitrary with legality,” he said. Ponce.
Likewise, he considered that the consequences will affect internally Russiafueling the climate of citizen protests in that country, derived from the war in Ukraine.
“I don’t know what else you can do Putin in respect of Ukraine because what you are executing already has very severe repercussions within the organization itself. Russia. Russian citizens who could be recruited for the Armed Forces. and summoned to integrate them as reservists are pouring out of the country, “she considered.
In this sense, Ponce pointed out that the Russian population that opposes the war “is suffering from the conscription that is being called Putin to form a reserve force of the armed forces”.
“Those citizens, who are going to be victims of the arbitrariness and madness of Putinthey are escaping from Russia“, he referred.
What can the international community do?
For Ponce, a possible way out of the crisis could come from the General Assembly of the Organization of the United Nations (UN).
“I think it’s the HIM, through the General Assembly, not the Security Council, who intervenes on the basis of the “United for Peace” resolution that was applied to the Korean War and its Security Council could not lift a finger because of the veto of the USSR at that time. Currently, the Security Council also cannot lift a finger over Russia’s veto. So, the way to overcome this situation is to turn to the General Assembly, which has a precise precedent to apply, which is this “Union for Peace” resolution that allowed the US and its Western allies to intervene against the Chinese invasion of the Korean peninsula,” he explained.
In turn, he maintained that the “only possible favorable prognosis” would be the departure of Putin of the Russian government “or something that means a complete reversal of its policy towards Ukrainesomething that I see very difficult”, remarked.
Farid Kahhat: “Any attack against those provinces will now be considered an attack against Russian territory”
The professor and diplomat Farid Kahhat considered that, “from the point of view of international law”, none of the actions that have decided the annexation of the 4 territories to Russia have been legal.
“Furthermore, holding a referendum under foreign military occupation in a context of war does not have any democratic legitimacy, not to mention that the results are absolutely implausible, nowhere does a proposal like this get 96% or 97% of the votes,” he said.
Nevertheless, Kahhat considered that this would be a measure so that any attack on those territories would be considered an attack on Russia and eventually resort to nuclear action.
“From the point of view of Russian law, what Putin is meant to say that any attack on those provinces would now be considered an attack on Russian territory. Furthermore, while the nuclear doctrine Russian maintained that he would only use nuclear weapons if the very existence of his state was at risk, now Putin has redefined that to say that any attempt to violate the territorial integrity Russian could receive a nuclear response,” he explained.
However, he maintained that nuclear threats are a “bluff” that seeks to intimidate internationally, since “it could end up affecting the population of the Russian zone itself.” In this sense, he considered that Russian citizens, with the advance of war, have found new reasons to oppose military actions in Ukraine.
“There are people who did not protest against the war, but protest against the mobilization of 300,000 troops that could implicate them. They are people who are trying to escape forced recruitment to go fight a war where their risk of death is relatively high, because At this moment, there is more of a Ukrainian offensive,” he said.
What can the international community do?
Kahhat considered that no sanction against Russia by the European Union or the US will “immediately” seek peace with Ukraine.
“But there are measures, such as putting limits on the prices paid for Russian oil imports. Whether that would work or not is debatable. There are Russian exports that are not sanctioned, such as food, gas, oil. Sanctions could be applied against those exports. In the case of oil and gas, not so much prohibiting these imports because Europe still depends largely on them. But putting a limit on the price paid,” he said.
Ramiro Escobar: “These are referendums typical of dictatorships, of tyrannies, where there is no opposition”
The international journalist and analyst ramiro escobar criticized the result of the referendums in the 4 Ukrainian regions, not only because of the way they were carried out but because of their result.
“In the Donetsk province, it has won with 99% in favor of Russia. Those are referendums typical of dictatorships, of tyrannies, where there is no opposition. A result of this type is practically impossible, in other places there are 93% “, he affirmed.
In that sense, Escobar considered that the Russian government has made “two moves” in the face of a situation that has become “complicated” since, according to what it said, it would have expected an “easier” military operation in Ukraine.
“One is to call the reservists, it is estimated that there will be about 600,000 to increase the number of troops on the battlefield; and, at the same time, quickly call a referendum so that, with both things, they try to close their influence and domain on Lugansk and Donetsk, which are the regions where there was already a confrontation between pro-Russians and Ukrainians for 5 years,” he said.
Likewise, he maintained that the referendum “was quickly set up with military pressure” which, “obviously”, he was going to win.
“There was no way I could lose them. There is more than one version of people who say that they were forced to vote and threatened if they didn’t go (…) This movement has been for the purpose of consolidating power and, at the same time, doing a threat of power saying I have more soldiers,” he remarked.
Secondly. Escobar he argued that annexation is unsustainable since most of the world considers it illegal.
“It will be something difficult to maintain over time. Suddenly it can be maintained by force (…), but if it does not have the approval of the majority of the world community, as is happening, then it can be a symbolic gesture ceremonious, to announce the annexation of those territories, but that, from the point of view of international legality, is not going to be accepted,” he said.
What can the international community do?
Escobar considered that, with this new movement, Putin continues to damage its international image and that it is very difficult for it to politically overcome this lack of legitimacy.
“The other problem is that it can exacerbate the war. The attack on the Nord Stream pipeline and that could also be something that is a sabotage against the gas pipelines (…) If that happens on top of that, the prognosis is complicated. Putin will hardly be able to politically overcome such a moment. In the logic that at some point some kind of negotiation is assumed to stop the war, it will be more difficult for the negotiation to take place because the Ukrainians will not want to negotiate with someone who is practically seizing two regions of their territory “, he held.
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