Putin wants to finalize the annexation of Ukrainian regions on Friday

Putin wants to finalize the annexation of Ukrainian regions on Friday

Russian President Vladimir Putin will formalize Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions in Moscow on Friday, which has been widely denounced by Kyiv and its western allies but which he has even threatened to defend with nuclear weapons.

In decrees released Thursday night, Mr Putin recognized the independence of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia and Kherson regions, a first step towards their annexation. At the end of February, Russia had already recognized the independence of the other two regions, Donetsk and Lugansk, which it is preparing to annex.

For his part, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called an emergency meeting of his Security Council for Friday. Far from laying down arms, Kyiv is instead demanding more from its western allies to continue its counteroffensive against Moscow.

A demand the US Senate responded to by voting on Thursday for a new budget of more than $12 billion, with a military component of about $3 billion, to train, equip and pay for Ukrainian troops.

For his part, US President Joe Biden has vowed to “never, never” honor the results of the “Russia-orchestrated” referendums in Ukraine.

“I want to make this very clear: the United States will never, never, never recognize Russia’s claims to the sovereignty of Ukraine,” said the US President, speaking of an “absolute farce of referendums.”

For UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, such behavior “has no place in the modern world”.

Kiev’s military successes in early September forced Mr Putin to hastily organize “referendums” on annexation and mobilize hundreds of thousands of Russians into the army, a move that prompted mass exodus from Russia.

Vladimir Putin assured Thursday that the offensive he launched against Ukraine on February 24 was one of the results of the “collapse of the Soviet Union,” just like the conflicts smoldering elsewhere in the vast space of the former USSR.

He assured that a “fairer world order” would be created through “a difficult process”.

The Kremlin will therefore hold a ceremony at 12:00 GMT on Friday, formalizing the annexation of Ukraine’s regions of Donetsk and Lugansk (east) and Kherson and Zaporizhia (south). Vladimir Putin will give “an extensive speech” on this occasion, according to his spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

The Russian capital was also preparing for celebrations with limited traffic on Friday and organizing a concert in the shadow of the Kremlin walls where Mr Putin could perform.

Officials deployed by Moscow in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, Zaporizhia and Kherson are already in the Russian capital, according to local media.

– Battle for Lyman –

Faced with a massive Ukrainian counter-offensive, Russia hastily organized these annexations, with gunman-supervised elections dubbed “parody” and “simulacra” by Kyiv and its Western backers.

In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea, a peninsula in southern Ukraine.

Ukraine has denounced these annexations, brushing aside Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons, and continued its counteroffensive in the east and south.

After retaking most of the northeast, Ukraine appears to have begun recapturing Lyman, a town in the Donetsk region and a key railroad hub that the Russian army has controlled since May.

“The adversary regularly makes attempts at attack to create the conditions for encirclement,” a senior pro-Russian local separatist official, Alexei Nikonorov, told Russian TV.

Russian bombardments continued to hit Ukrainian cities, killing one child in particular in Dnipro on Thursday night. At least five civilians were killed in the Ukrainian-controlled part of Donetsk region on Wednesday.

Ukrainian forces have also regained full control of the Kupyansk railway junction in the northeast and managed to drive Russian troops off the city’s east bank, AFP journalists noted on Thursday, who saw five bodies in military uniforms near vehicles with Russian identification marks.

– “Always Better Than Killing” –

In Russia, the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of civilian reservists to come and reinforce Russian lines continued, as did the exodus of tens of thousands of people afraid of being mobilized.

A young man in his 20s who crossed the land border into Mongolia prefers to remain anonymous to explain his reasons for fleeing.

“It was very difficult to leave everything behind. My home, my homeland, my loved ones. But it’s always better than killing people,” he told AFP in the capital, Ulaanbaatar.

As dissatisfaction mounts in Russia amid an often chaotic mobilization, Vladimir Putin on Thursday acknowledged “mistakes to be corrected” and called for “bringing home those summoned without proper reason.”

On the international front of the conflict, it is the leaks from mysterious explosions in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines that are stoking new Russian-Western tensions.

Both camps half-heartedly accuse each other of having sabotaged the underwater pipelines, a crucial infrastructure for Europe’s supply of Russian gas.

Mr Putin denounced an “act of international terrorism” and “an unprecedented act of sabotage”. At Moscow’s request, a meeting of the UN Security Council on this issue is scheduled for Friday.

Reference: www.guadeloupe.franceantilles.fr

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