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Ukraine: Russia’s annexation referendum hastily convened | War in Ukraine

The President of Ukraine took the oath of office to dissolve The Russian threat.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with foreign diplomats and defense officials during the day, which means he will certainly be present.

Russian commentators have raised the threat of nuclear war if Russia annexes these regions and if the Kremlin considers war to be taking place on its soil.

The separatist forces of Luhansk and Donetsk regions announced these votes, as well as those of Kherson and Zaporizhia (south). The elections, scheduled for this week, come as Ukraine enters its 8th month of war.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said These fake polls are unacceptable. America has condemned Simulacra Election.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron lashed out at the United Nations General Assembly A return to the age of imperialism and coloniesA. Shortly after calling the announced polls Parody.

These votes, on Model of formalization of annexation of Crimea (southern) Ukrainian peninsula by Russia in 2014Condemned by Kyiv and the West, it has been in the making for months.

The timetable appears to have accelerated with the Ukrainian counteroffensive, which forced the Russian army to retreat in the country’s northeast. Russian authorities have previously designated November 4 as the Day of Russian National Unity.

Separatist leaders in Luhansk first announced that the vote would be held over four days starting on Friday this week.

They were followed by the separatist leader of Donetsk and the occupying leaders of Kherson and Zaporizhia. Mr. All to approve the results of the poll. They invited Putin.

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liquefy The Russian threat

Ukraine warned on Tuesday that the Russian threat remains dissolvedThe head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Andriï Iermak, condemned Intimidation Russian motivation Fear of failure.

Head of Diplomacy Dmytro Kuleba assured that Ukraine will do its part Proceed to liberate their land.

The announcements come after a Russian backlash in early September, when Moscow’s military withdrew from the Kharkiv region in the face of pressure from Kyiv forces, which is strong on Western arms and equipment supplies.

Russian diplomacy has informed the French ambassador in Moscow that arms deliveries to Ukraine are continuing. Unacceptable.

Kiev strikes back

The Ukrainian army is launching another offensive in the south over the Kherson region and in the direction of the Luhansk region, which Moscow fully captured in the spring at the cost of months of deadly fighting.

kyiv thus hopes to recapture the village of Philokorivka, whose victory cost Russia dearly in May, when its forces there were destroyed while attempting to cross the Chivarsky Donets River. Images of destroyed tanks went around the world.

About twenty kilometers from Chiversk, Ukrainian artillery shelled Russian positions.

It hits very hardA grocer in the city told AFP Natalia. In the morning we come out of the cellars and see burnt houses.

A house in Chiverskil was destroyed by an explosion.

Photo: Getty Images / AFP / Juan Barretto

In the village, weary Ukrainian artillerymen rest on their self-propelled guns covered in wood. We fired all night and would leave to reload [en munitions, NDLR] Come back latersaid one of them.

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Putin: Weapons soon

Mr. Putin made the request as he met Tuesday with arms manufacturers and defense officials To accelerate production capabilities for To quickly supply its army with necessary weapons.

Receiving credentials from the new envoys, he emphasized the integrity of his foreign policy. sovereignty.

At the same time, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament passed a resolution punishing soldiers who surrendered to the enemy, deserted, or plundered.

On Tuesday morning, former President Dmitry Medvedev and the current number two of the Russian Security Council Polls Restoration of attachment a Historical justiceBecause the Kremlin considers Ukraine to be historically Russian.

Invading the territory of Russia is a crime, and if it happens, it allows you to use all forces in self-defense.He threatened that.

According to independent Russian analyst Tatiana Stanovaya, holding these votes means that Putin prefers arrogance. The right to use nuclear weapons to defend Russian territory.

Margarita Simonyan, boss of the Russian TV channel RT, ruled that there will be one this week A forerunner of our immediate success One Nuclear war.