After the pseudo-referendums, the Russian Federation will most likely also declare the inviolability of their borders in order to deter the Armed Forces from a counteroffensive.

Stanislav Zhelikhovskyi, a leading expert of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine named after Hennadiy Udovenko at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told about this in a comment to TSN.ua.

"It is quite obvious that Moscow prefers to repeat the so-called Crimean scenario. To, as in 2014, declare the inviolability of the borders after the pseudo-referendum. All for the sake of the international community restraining the counteroffensive of Ukrainian forces, as it was 8 years ago in relation to Crimea "The Russian regime wants to enter the same river twice, exploiting the same narratives," Zhelikhovsky said.

We will remind you that today, September 21, Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization in Russia due to the war against Ukraine.

The Kremlin dictator also said that he supports the holding of so-called pseudo-referendums in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, saying that the residents of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk regions allegedly themselves "expressed the desire to determine their own lives."

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