Friday, September 30, 2022

Putin to declare annexation of Ukrainian lands in major escalation of war

Putin to declare annexation of Ukrainian lands in major escalation of war

A view shows banners and constructions for a stage ahead of an expected event, dedicated to the results of referendums on the joining of four Ukrainian self-proclaimed regions to Russia, near St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia September 28, 2022. ― Reuters pic

Friday, 30 Sep 2022 7:16 AM MYT

LONDON, Sept 30 ― At a ceremony denounced by Ukraine as a “Kremlin freak show”, Russian President Vladimir Putin will proclaim the annexation of four Ukrainian regions today, escalating his seven-month war and taking it into an unpredictable new phase.

Putin will preside over a treaty-signing on “the entry of new territories into the Russian Federation”, three days after the completion of hastily staged referendums in which Moscow's proxies in the occupied regions claimed majorities of up to 99 per cent in favour of joining Russia.

Ukraine and Western governments described those votes as bogus, illegitimate and conducted at gunpoint. “The Kremlin's sham referenda are a futile effort to mask what amounts to a further attempt at a land grab in Ukraine,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said yesterday.

Moscow says people chose freely to return to their “historic motherland”.

The ceremony ― eight years after Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine following an invasion and a similar vote ― will take place at 3pm (1200 GMT) in the columned St George's Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, where marble plaques engraved in gold commemorate Russian military heroes.

But despite the triumphal setting, the annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions comes at a perilous moment for Putin.

After months of grinding, attritional warfare, Ukraine seized the initiative this month by routing Russian forces in the northeastern Kharkiv region. Putin last week declared an unpopular partial mobilisation, prompting thousands of fighting-age men to flee the country. Even staunch Kremlin allies have criticised the chaotic nature of the call-up, and Putin himself said on Thursday that “all mistakes must be corrected”.

Nuclear threat

While it holds the vast majority of Luhansk and Kherson regions, Russia controls only about 60 per cent of Donetsk and 70 per cent of Zaporizhzhia, where fighting has raged close to Europe's biggest nuclear plant.

The hurried annexations mean front lines will now run through territory that Russia is declaring as its own, and which Putin has said he is ready to defend with nuclear weapons if necessary.

Some Western politicians called that a bluff ― something Putin explicitly denied. The United States says it has warned Russia of catastrophic consequences if it did use a nuclear weapon.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said yesterday that the Kremlin event was a “freak show”, and legally meaningless. “Non-existent entities cannot enter a country which is disintegrating,” he said on Twitter.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said if Moscow proceeded, it would have “no legal value and deserves to be condemned”.

Kirill Stremousov, a Russian-installed official in Kherson region, published a video of himself next to Red Square, declaring: “Victory is ours. We are Russia.”

The Kremlin has not yet said whether Putin will attend a celebratory concert on the square on Friday evening. He is due to address parliament separately at a later stage, paving the way for it to ratify the annexation process on or before October 7, when he marks his 70th birthday. ― Reuters


kt comments:

Israel occupied the Golan Heights in 1967 and annexed it in 1981. But the international community considers the Golan Heights to be Syrian territory held under Israeli occupation. Only
 the US accepts Israel's annexation and in 2019, became the first country to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the territory.

Soon Israel will annex all of Palestine, and again, as predictably guaranteed, the US will once again blindly accepts whatever atrocities Israel perpetuates.


  1. Four times in the last 75 years, Syria and other Arab countries have tried to strangle Israel out of existence.
    Israel's annexation of Golan Heights
    as buffer space is not recognised but understandable.

    Ukraine has not attacked or threathened a single inch of RuZian land.
    So Ktemoc's silly comparison to RuZian annexation of Ukrainian land is untenable.

    1. Wakakaka…

      What an inconsequential fart!

      Israel's annexation of Golan Heights
      as buffer space is not recognised but understandable - by u.

      Yet, Russia's annexation of the 4 Ukrainian states
      as buffer space is not recognised & not understand by u!

      Thus of yr f*cked logic - perhaps inherited from yr Yankee idol.

      Yankee's total support for Israel is well understood. But yr support of Yankee/Ukraine has a lot of doggie questions.

  2. Putin just called their bluff Morris Clayton tells it as it is when these Western media called this referendum as ''a sham" parroting Blinken