Violating international law, Putin to sign annexation of Ukrainian regions

cigaretteman

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will formally move Friday to seize four Ukrainian regions by signing documents that the Kremlin is calling “accession treaties.”
The signing ceremony, to take place in the Grand Kremlin Palace, marks Putin’s attempt to annex the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, even though Russia does not fully control them militarily or politically.


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UKRAINEREFERENDUM-ai2html-medium.jpg


Voronezh



BELARUS



RUSSIA



Four regions

where staged

referendums

on joining Russia

were held



Chernihiv



Belgorod



Sumy



Valuyki



Kyiv



Kharkiv



LUHANSK



Cherkasy



Slovyansk



Luhansk



Dnipro



Donetsk



Kirovohrad



DONETSK



Zaporizhzhia



ZAPORIZHZHIA



Area held

by Russia-

backed

separatists

since 2014



Mariupol



Mykolaiv



Melitopol



KHERSON



MOL.



Kherson



Odessa



RUSSIA



Kerch



CRIMEA



Krasnodar



Annexed by Russia

in 2014



100 MILES



ROM.



Novorossiysk



Sevastopol



Black Sea



Control areas as of Sept. 28



Sources: Institute for the Study of War, AEI’s Critical Threats Project



The move, in defiance of stern international warnings including from President Biden, potentially slams the door on diplomacy for years to come and almost certainly assures further escalation of the war in Ukraine. Kyiv insists it will fight to reclaim all of its lands, and Western allies are promising to send more weapons and economic assistance.

Putin’s recent declaration of a partial military mobilization, intended to activate hundreds of thousands of reinforcements for deployment to Ukraine, and the sabotage this week of two Nord Stream natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea have raised fears that the Russian leader is preparing for a long hybrid conflict with NATO.






Russia has also warned that it could use a nuclear weapon to defend the Ukrainian regions once they are absorbed into Russia, on grounds that it would view an attack on its forces there as an attack on Russian territory. Similarly, Putin could use such attacks to declare martial law, putting Russia’s economy and society fully on a war footing.

Ukrainians flee before expected Russian annexation
3:01









Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign a treaty annexing four areas of Ukraine on Sept. 30 after staged referendums criticized by the West. (Video: Reuters)
Putin’s land grab, which is a blatant violation of international law, will further isolate Russia, triggering new Western sanctions. But Putin nonetheless appears to hope that a long, brutal war will eventually fray Western support for Ukraine and curtail military and economic aid that is providing a lifeline to Kyiv.
The Russian men fleeing mobilization, and leaving everything behind
One of the few viable diplomatic channels remaining is between Russia and Turkey, but even Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who helped broker a recent prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine, has voiced disapproval of Putin’s recent steps.



After Russia orchestrated the referendums with implausible results claiming overwhelming support for annexation, Erdogan said the voting brought “troubles,” and he lamented that the conflict had not been resolved through diplomacy.
Erdogan was due to speak to Putin late Thursday, likely too late to persuade him to change course if that were ever possible. “These kinds of ventures strain the efforts for diplomacy and lead to the deepening of instability,” Erdogan said, referring to the staged referendums and the military mobilization.
Russia’s proxy leaders from the partially occupied regions traveled to Moscow on Wednesday ahead of the signing of the so-called accession treaties.

And in a sign of the hoopla in Moscow, the state-controlled Rossiya 24 news channel started broadcasting a countdown clock, showing the hours and minutes until Putin’s scheduled announcement at 3 p.m. local time (10 a.m. Eastern). Russia’s rubber-stamp parliament, meeting Monday and Tuesday, is certain to approve the treaties and then adopt amendments to the constitution to formalize the annexation, in a process mirroring that of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.


Adding a dash of patriotic theater to Friday’s proceedings, the Kremlin announced that a gala concert would be held in Red Square on Friday after the signing of the treaties.
The concert mimics a similar event in 2014 when Putin appeared onstage after Russia had seized Ukraine’s Crimea region. It was part of an effort to whip up public euphoria over reclaiming the peninsula, which a majority of Russians viewed as historically belonging to them.

The annexation of Crimea, a popular Russian holiday destination, propelled Putin’s approval rating to a record high 89 percent in 2015. But public sentiment is unlikely to be as strong for the takeover of the four new regions.
Multiple Russian setbacks in the war have exposed the poor shape of Russia’s military and left Putin more vulnerable than at any time in office. He has been criticized from the right by pro-war hawks furious over the military missteps as well as the bungled mobilization, and from the left by opponents of the war.

 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will formally move Friday to seize four Ukrainian regions by signing documents that the Kremlin is calling “accession treaties.”
The signing ceremony, to take place in the Grand Kremlin Palace, marks Putin’s attempt to annex the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, even though Russia does not fully control them militarily or politically.


Are you on Telegram? Subscribe to our channel for the latest updates on Russia’s war in Ukraine.


UKRAINEREFERENDUM-ai2html-medium.jpg


Voronezh



BELARUS



RUSSIA



Four regions

where staged

referendums

on joining Russia

were held



Chernihiv



Belgorod



Sumy



Valuyki



Kyiv



Kharkiv



LUHANSK



Cherkasy



Slovyansk



Luhansk



Dnipro



Donetsk



Kirovohrad



DONETSK



Zaporizhzhia



ZAPORIZHZHIA



Area held

by Russia-

backed

separatists

since 2014



Mariupol



Mykolaiv



Melitopol



KHERSON



MOL.



Kherson



Odessa



RUSSIA



Kerch



CRIMEA



Krasnodar



Annexed by Russia

in 2014



100 MILES



ROM.



Novorossiysk



Sevastopol



Black Sea



Control areas as of Sept. 28



Sources: Institute for the Study of War, AEI’s Critical Threats Project



The move, in defiance of stern international warnings including from President Biden, potentially slams the door on diplomacy for years to come and almost certainly assures further escalation of the war in Ukraine. Kyiv insists it will fight to reclaim all of its lands, and Western allies are promising to send more weapons and economic assistance.

Putin’s recent declaration of a partial military mobilization, intended to activate hundreds of thousands of reinforcements for deployment to Ukraine, and the sabotage this week of two Nord Stream natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea have raised fears that the Russian leader is preparing for a long hybrid conflict with NATO.






Russia has also warned that it could use a nuclear weapon to defend the Ukrainian regions once they are absorbed into Russia, on grounds that it would view an attack on its forces there as an attack on Russian territory. Similarly, Putin could use such attacks to declare martial law, putting Russia’s economy and society fully on a war footing.

Ukrainians flee before expected Russian annexation
3:01









Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to sign a treaty annexing four areas of Ukraine on Sept. 30 after staged referendums criticized by the West. (Video: Reuters)
Putin’s land grab, which is a blatant violation of international law, will further isolate Russia, triggering new Western sanctions. But Putin nonetheless appears to hope that a long, brutal war will eventually fray Western support for Ukraine and curtail military and economic aid that is providing a lifeline to Kyiv.
The Russian men fleeing mobilization, and leaving everything behind
One of the few viable diplomatic channels remaining is between Russia and Turkey, but even Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who helped broker a recent prisoner exchange between Russia and Ukraine, has voiced disapproval of Putin’s recent steps.



After Russia orchestrated the referendums with implausible results claiming overwhelming support for annexation, Erdogan said the voting brought “troubles,” and he lamented that the conflict had not been resolved through diplomacy.
Erdogan was due to speak to Putin late Thursday, likely too late to persuade him to change course if that were ever possible. “These kinds of ventures strain the efforts for diplomacy and lead to the deepening of instability,” Erdogan said, referring to the staged referendums and the military mobilization.
Russia’s proxy leaders from the partially occupied regions traveled to Moscow on Wednesday ahead of the signing of the so-called accession treaties.

And in a sign of the hoopla in Moscow, the state-controlled Rossiya 24 news channel started broadcasting a countdown clock, showing the hours and minutes until Putin’s scheduled announcement at 3 p.m. local time (10 a.m. Eastern). Russia’s rubber-stamp parliament, meeting Monday and Tuesday, is certain to approve the treaties and then adopt amendments to the constitution to formalize the annexation, in a process mirroring that of Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014.


Adding a dash of patriotic theater to Friday’s proceedings, the Kremlin announced that a gala concert would be held in Red Square on Friday after the signing of the treaties.
The concert mimics a similar event in 2014 when Putin appeared onstage after Russia had seized Ukraine’s Crimea region. It was part of an effort to whip up public euphoria over reclaiming the peninsula, which a majority of Russians viewed as historically belonging to them.

The annexation of Crimea, a popular Russian holiday destination, propelled Putin’s approval rating to a record high 89 percent in 2015. But public sentiment is unlikely to be as strong for the takeover of the four new regions.
Multiple Russian setbacks in the war have exposed the poor shape of Russia’s military and left Putin more vulnerable than at any time in office. He has been criticized from the right by pro-war hawks furious over the military missteps as well as the bungled mobilization, and from the left by opponents of the war.

As we are all living it right now - elections have consequences - Let's go Brandon!!
 

tarheelbybirth

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I'm sure Putin wll next allow referendums in those areas of Russia that are not ethnically "Russian" and would honor their desire to opt out of his autocracy. He is a man of honor, after all. Just ask Nat.
 

blhawk

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As we are all living it right now - elections have consequences - Let's go Brandon!!
Yeah, which is why turds like you are desperate to ditch democracy and go authoritarian. Is red a tribute to the Soviet Union or China? Very appropriate that's the color of the Trumpublicans
 
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Yeah, which is why turds like you are desperate to ditch democracy and go authoritarian. Is red a tribute to the Soviet Union or China? Very appropriate that's the color of the Trumpublicans
Woke is a Joke and leftest like you belong to the Dem-entia party.
 

RollingBallofButcherKnives

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Treaties or declarations don’t mean $hit if the rest of the world doesn’t recognize them. He is going to try and do whatever he thinks regardless…
 

sober_teacher

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Treaties or declarations don’t mean $hit if the rest of the world doesn’t recognize them. He is going to try and do whatever he thinks regardless…

He’s doing this to try and limit our ability to aid Ukraine. By doing this, he technically has a political fig leaf to retaliate against the West of Ukraine uses our weapons in one of these provinces.
 
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RollingBallofButcherKnives

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He’s doing this to try and limit our ability to aid Ukraine. By doing this, he technically has a political fig leaf to retaliate against the West of Ukraine uses our weapons in one of these provinces.
But the whole world knows it’s BS sk does it truly give him any clout? He is going to do whatever the hell he wants.
 

sober_teacher

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But the whole world knows it’s BS sk does it truly give him any clout? He is going to do whatever the hell he wants.
Most likely, but it gives him that legal justification, no matter how specious. Might give a reason for some of the right wing leaders in Eastern Europe like Erdogan that sided with the rest of NATO under intense pressure. He’s also been hinting about using nukes as well.

hes going to do whatever he wants, the question is if it has any impact on us as weve been firm on the decision to not do anything that might expand the war.
 

bhawk24bob

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That's funny, I conducted a referendum and Russian moms decided to be subject to HORT. Through default, we get Ukranian moms too now. Thanks Vlad.