On September 30, in Moscow, Russian President
will sign documents on the inclusion of the captured territories of Ukraine, where the occupiers held so-called "referendums", into the Russian Federation.
The mass media are already mentioning the name of the probable leader of the occupied territories, but in Ukraine, Putin's plans are skeptical.
TSN.ua collected details of the latest events related to pseudo-referendums.
As Putin's spokesman
said on September 29 , the President of the Russian Federation will meet with the leaders of the pseudo-republics in the Kremlin.
"Tomorrow, at 3:00 p.m. in the Georgiivska Hall, the signing of agreements on the accession of new territories to the Russian Federation will take place," he said.
Peskov also announced "a voluminous speech by President Putin at this event."
Experts do not rule out that Putin will repeat his threats regarding the use of nuclear weapons, made on September 21.
The head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation,
, previously stated that all Russian laws and doctrines, including the nuclear one, will also apply to the territories of Ukraine annexed through fake "referendums" in case they are enshrined in the Russian constitution.
In the West, the probability that the president of the Russian Federation will use tactical nuclear weapons in the war against Ukraine is considered the highest since the beginning of the full-scale invasion on February 24, writes CNN, citing sources among American officials.
What awaits the occupied territories after the "referendum"
Analysts of the American Institute for the Study of War (ISW) report that former Deputy Prime Minister for Defense
may become the head or representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the new Crimean Federal District, which will cover the illegally occupied Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk, the territories of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions
At the same time in
ISWs note that a
Moscow's annexation of occupied Donetsk and Luhansk can increase the tension in the forces
, who regularly revolt when offered to fight outside their own territories.
Will the situation at the front change?
believes that the occupiers will not be able to go on the offensive after the so-called "referendums", despite threats to enter the administrative borders of the regions.
Seleznyov recalled the events of March 18, 2014, when the same "referendum" was held on the territory of temporarily occupied Crimea and Sevastopol.
"From now on, Russia considers these territories to be the territory of the Russian Federation. But we see that the Ukrainian Defense Forces time and again strike targets on the territory of Crimea. We heard from a certain Dmitry Medvedev that attempts to attack the territory of the Russian Federation will be met with a response from on the part of the Russian army, and they consider Crimea to be the territory of the Russian Federation. But "cotton" happens on the territory of Crimea and Sevastopol, and there is no reaction," he noted.
also believes that the actions of the Armed Forces will not change:
"We have been advancing, and we will continue to advance. As we liberated our territories, we will liberate them. The whole civilized world, except for Russia, will consider these territories to be Ukraine."
The expert assumed that Russia will threaten nuclear weapons to defend the occupied territories, "
but it is unlikely that the Russian Federation, left alone against the whole world, will want to use them
How the "referendum" was held in the occupied territories
On September 27, the Russian occupiers announced the results of the so-called "referendums" in the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions.
As expected, "electoral committees" in the occupied territories
"painted" a picture of full support for Russia
According to their data, 93% of voters from Zaporizhzhia region "voted" for the region's accession to the Russian Federation, in Kherson region - 87%, Luhansk region - 98%, Donetsk region - 99%.
The head of the Luhansk regional military administration ,
, said that, according to the occupiers, as many people participated in the pseudo-referendum in Luhansk region as had the right to vote ten years ago - taking into account hundreds of thousands of evacuees and emigrants.
The mayor of Energodar ,
, said that the occupiers staged a show with voting on the "referendum" near the Zaporizhzhya NPP.
To do this, they invited a mask that pretended to be employees of the ZNPP.
"A large group of plainclothes men waited for the end of their shift at the station and mingled with its staff who were leaving after their shift. Along the way, those lined up gave interviews to pro-Russian propaganda media and shouted words of support for Russia and the pseudo-referendum, after which they went to the bus in which the "voting" was held ", and demonstratively filled out the ballots," he noted.
In addition, the occupiers forced Ukrainian prisoners of war to vote in fake "referendums" in Olenivka, Donetsk region, at gunpoint.
showed a video of what a referendum looks like under the muzzles of machine guns - armed occupiers, together with members of the "election committees", walk around the apartments.
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