- Ukrainian Territories To Be Absorbed Into Russia By Week’s End: Lawmaker
by Tyler Durden, https://www.zerohedge.com/
With four occupied regions of Ukraine currently in the midst of a five-day referendum on whether to join the Russian federation, a Kremlin lawmaker told state media over the weekend that the territories are likely to be absorbed by Russia on September 30.
“Taking into account the preliminary results of the referendums and Russia’s readiness to acknowledge them, the accession of the territories is likely to take place as early as on September 30,” the unnamed member of Russia’s State Duma said to TASS.
Voting is set to conclude Tuesday in Donestk, Luhansk and the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, meaning as early as Wednesday or even Thursday announcements of results are likely to trickle out, paving the way for a potential Friday official declaration. While Russian forces do not yet control the entirety of each of these territories, their annexation would constitute Ukraine losing almost 20% of its geographic territory.
The areas that will be considered part of the Russian Federation after the referendum, as the areas in yellow will be seen as occupied Russian lands that will witness an escalation in the military action to liberate them. pic.twitter.com/LknOg3937f
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