After holding the so-called "referendums" in the occupied territories, Russia will try to annex them according to the Crimean scenario, but the plans of the occupiers are hindered by defeats at the front.
is unlikely to dare to carry out threats to use nuclear weapons to change this situation.
Military expert Oleg Zhdanov said this in a comment to TSN.ua.
"The holding of the "referendum" was purely factual.
It is impossible to actually hold a referendum
, they do not know the lists of voters. This is a complete fiction. They will also "join" these territories. They will write what they need based on the results of the referendum that they supposedly held, and will announce, and the State Duma will vote.
We already went through this in 2014, when they annexed Crimea from us
," Zhdanov noted.
In his opinion, the conduct of "referendums" will not affect the course of hostilities:
"The president made this clear.
We have been advancing and we will continue to advance
. As we liberated our territories, we will continue to liberate them. The whole civilized world, except for Russia, will consider these territories to be Ukraine."
The military expert admitted that Russia will threaten nuclear weapons, "but it
is unlikely that the Russian Federation, left alone against the whole world, will want to use them
Zhdanov reminded that, according to some data, even the self-proclaimed president of Belarus, Oleksandr Lukashenko, will not recognize these "referendums" due to fears of another wave of sanctions.
The expert also believes that after the "referendums"
one should not expect the Russian troops to activate at the front
"Today, the situation at the front is not in favor of the Russian Federation. We have even more advantages, we have a strategic initiative and we are taking offensive actions little by little. Russia is defending itself, today it cannot even escalate the conflict - it does not have the strength and means. To talk about the fact that tomorrow some events will begin on the front - no. We have success in some directions and are trying to develop it. Today, Russia is not in a position to escalate something or worsen the situation on the front," he explained.
We will remind you that Russia held the so-called "referendums" on joining the Russian Federation in the occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.
The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, said that he supports the holding of pseudo-referendums and that the residents of the occupied territories allegedly themselves "expressed a desire to determine their own lives."
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, stated that it is impossible to hold any negotiations with Volodymyr Putin on the holding of fake "referendums" in the occupied territories.
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