Russia on September 23 of Ukraine The administrations appointed to the four occupied territories started holding so-called referendums for the integration of these provinces into Russia. Moscow’s goal is to annex those territories.
The Russian-backed administrations in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhia regions have violated international law and UN they scheduled a vote contrary to their charter.
Voting will take place in the said areas in September 20It was announced that a referendum on annexation will be held from January 23 to January 27. Ukraine and Western countries said they would consider the vote illegal.
In the last few weeks, the Ukrainian army counterattacked in those provinces and regained control over large areas.
Western officials and experts say that Russia President Vladimir Putin taking advantage of this fake referendum of Ukraine Russia wants to claim that it has occupied its territory and then threaten to use nuclear weapons for self-defense. This is in addition to Kiev and the Western countries that support it military intends to prevent operations.
Putin when he announced the mobilization a few days ago, he said that he would use all weapon systems to protect the territorial integrity of the country.
Moscow deported up to 1.6 million Ukrainians from the voting areas to Russia. Russian citizens were moved to the territory of Ukraine. Ukrainians living in Russia from those four regions will be able to vote.
Ukrainian army Kharkiv secured their positions on the east bank of the Oskil River in the east of the province. of Ukraine After the counterattack, the Russian forces, who hastily left the area, were trying to strengthen the defense line there.
Oskil flows south of the Seversky Donets River, which divides Luhansk Oblast in the middle. Together with Donetsk, Luhansk forms the Donbas, and Russia has set its sights on the complete occupation of this region.
Britain The ministry said on September 23 that the fighting situation in eastern Ukraine remains complicated, but Ukrainian forces are currently increasing pressure on areas that Russia considers “main targets in the war”.
“The enemy is losing, especially in the leadership”, – The General Staff said in a statement.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin announced partial mobilization in the country on September 21. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu On February 24, he announced that nearly 6,000 Russian soldiers had died since the start of the war.
Ukraine says that Russia has lost more than 55,000.
These figures cannot be independently verified.