Referendums will be held in LPR, DPR, Kherson and Zaporizhia

Referendums will be held in LPR, DPR, Kherson and Zaporizhia
Referendums will be held in LPR, DPR, Kherson and Zaporizhia

The “People’s Councils” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, as well as the occupation administration of the Kherson region decided to conduct “referendums” on joining Russia at the same time – the appointed dates are September 23-27. The meetings of the People’s Councils of Luhansk and Donetsk were held simultaneously and scheduled on the same dates.

The so-called “referendums” were expected from them for a long time, but they were announced only now – against the background of the Ukrainian counter-offensive in the occupied territorieswhich can also be interpreted as a clear ultimatum and haste on the part of Russia towards Ukraine and the West.

The leader of DNR Denis Pushilin asked Russian President Vladimir Putin “as soon as possible, in case of a positive decision on the results of the referendum”, to resolve the issue of DPR’s accession to Russia. Putin has not yet answered this question.

We recall that three days before the invasion of Ukraine, the leaders of the DPR and LPR asked from Putin to recognize the self-proclaimed republicswhich he did.

The separatist republics announced their plans to hold “referendums” as early as the summer, with the media mentioning the date September 11, which is the only voting day in Russia. Later it became clear that the Russian military failed to expand the area of ​​the occupied territories, and on September 6, the Ukrainian army began an active counteroffensive in one of the regions – Kharkiv region. In the argument certainty the intentions for a referendum in Kherson were cancelled.

It rose yesterday afternoon a new wave of statements about the need for an immediate “referendum”. They were formulated as complaints from the “public assemblies” of the LPR and DPR. First, Luhansk demanded an immediate referendum to recognize the region as a Russian subject, and just an hour later, Donetsk too. They were joined by Kherson, southern Ukraine.

The idea of ​​synchronizing the referendums was presented in the Russian media as coming from the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik. “I have a proposal to join our efforts to work out an action algorithm that will allow us to start preparing for the referendum,” Pushilin says as a proposal to his colleague from the LPR. “We need to prepare some points together, some actions need to be synchronized.”

On Friday morning, the “parade of referendums” continued – Kiril Stremusov of the occupation administration of the Kherson region also announced that he voted to join Russia. Later, the head of the regional occupation administration, Vladimir Saldo, wrote on his Telegram channel that he had signed a “decree” to hold a “referendum” on joining Russia – on September 23-27, as in the DPR and LPR.

And the Russian-controlled part of Zaporozhye region also announced its intention to hold its “referendum” to join Russia on the same date – September 23 to 27. The head of the Russia-linked regional administration said that he had “signed a regulation to hold a referendum on the issue of the territorial affiliation of the Zaporozhye region.”

The administration also claims that the legitimacy of the vote will not be shaken from the fact that Russia does not control the entire region.

“Crimean scenario” and why the Kremlin is in a hurry

The first official reaction from Moscow came from Dmitry Medvedevthe deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, who supported the idea of ​​a referendum on his Telegram channel, saying it would allow Russia to provide protection and threatening to “use all forces for self-defense” in the event of “encroachment on Russian territory “.

Indicative of Russia’s intentions are the words of the propagandist and head of the RT television channel Margarita Simonyan, who first wrote about the “Crimean scenario”, i.e. on the annexation of new territories following the example of Crimea in 2014.

“An unequivocal ultimatum to Ukraine and the West”.

“Speaking of an immediate referendum is an absolutely unequivocal ultimatum from Russia to Ukraine and the West,” writes political analyst Tatiana Stanoeva, quoted by the Russian edition of the BBC. “To ensure “victory”, Putin is ready to immediately hold referendums to obtain the right (according to him) to use nuclear weapons to defend the territory of Russia.

According to Stanoeva, “Putin does not want to win this war on the battlefield. Putin wants to force Kyiv to surrender without a fight.She also points out that according to media reports as recently as a week ago, the Kremlin believed that the “referendums” would take place sooner than the end of the year, if at all. “In other words, this is not a plan, but a failure “, she described the current situation with the “referendums”.

American Institute for Military Studies (ISW) expressed doubt that the pro-Russian authorities’ calls should be seen as a new maneuver by the Kremlin, rather than their own initiative. Experts have pointed out that Russian forces do not fully control either Donetsk or even Luhansk Oblast, the liberation of which was solemnly announced in Moscow in July.

The partial annexation at this stage it would also put the Kremlin in a strange and even humiliating position – as it would have to demand that Ukrainian troops not occupy “Russian” territory (in a situation where Russia would not be able to enforce its demand). It remains unclear whether Vladimir Putin is willing to put himself in such a deadlock for dubious benefit, as it will be easier for him to just threaten NATO and Ukraine with escalation, which at this stage is unlikely, according to ISW experts.

Russia liked a symbolic date for the referendums in Donbass

He intends to hold them on November 4 – National Unity Day

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