Russia to annex Ukraine's occupied territories on Friday

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Russia will annex Ukraine's occupied territories this Friday

The heart of Moscow ; is preparing for a big celebration next Friday: Russia will annex Russia. This Friday, the four regions of Ukraine that are under the control of its Army will be formally declared: Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia. so This has been confirmed by the Kremlin, which stated that the Russian president, Vladímir Putin, will sign The decree will be issued this September 30 at 2 p.m. Spanish time. In these four regions, disputed annexation referendums were held between Friday the 23rd and Tuesday the 27th, the results of which were around 97% in favor of the 'yes' vote, according to official Russian media. To this day, Russian troops do not control 100% of the territory of any of them.

The workers prepared this Thursday a large stage that shows off the motto: “Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, Zaporizhia are Russia!” As local authorities have announced, the streets adjacent to the famous Red Square in Moscow, where different acts of celebration will be held, will be closed for the occasion, that will also count with popular concerts. It is not yet clear if Putin plans to appear at the rally-concert. It follows the same path as the one followed in 2014 with the annexation of the peninsula.Crimea, also on the territory of Ukraine. The result of the referendums will not be valid. no legal validityoutside Russia, since international humanitarian law prohibits the occupying powers from changing the sovereignty of the territories conquered on the battlefield. The main reasons used by the Russian ruling party to defend the annexation is the “defense of Russian-speakers” of these territories and that these regions belonged to Russia in the tsarist era.

If the Kremlin claimed for itself the territories of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia that it does not yet control, will be legitimized, from his point of view, to take those territories that are still under the control of kyiv. In 2020 Moscow changed its Constitution, and among other aspects, established that Russian lawit overrides international law if it doesn't match.

Ukraine, Turkey, Kazakhstan, the European Union, the United States, and Canada. They have already made public their refusal to recognize these “votes” as valid. Predictably countries related to Moscow; like Cuba, Nicaragua, Belarus and Syria could recognize the annexation, as they already did in their day with Crimea.

Russian rule

According to the Russian media Proyekt –labeled a “foreign agent” by the authorities, a term with negative connotations– has published an investigation this Thursday in which it details how throughout this 2022 the definitive annexation of these territories to Russia has been taking shape. In this they explain that about 90%One of the high-ranking officials of the so-called “People's Republics” of Donetsk and Lugansk was Russian even before the start of the so-called “special military operation” that began on February 24.

Since his self-proclamation As independent in 2014, these eastern Ukrainian territories have been indirectly controlled by Moscow. The course changed. on February 21 of this same year, when the Kremlin recognized them as officially as states and signed a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation. The leaders of Donetsk (Denis Pushilin) ​​and Lugansk (Leonid Pasechnik) have held a kind of election to come to power, while their counterparts in Kherson (Vladimir Saldo) and Zaporizhia (Yevgeny Balitsky) have been directly posted by the Kremlin. The SBU, the Ukrainian intelligence services, have indicted Pushilin, Saldo and Balistky as well. Like 13 other people close to him, of treason and they are being investigated for having organized those “referendums” on joining Russia.