“Our position does not change with noise or announcements of any kind. We are defending Ukraine, we are liberating our country and above all we are not showing any weakness. ”Thus the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, reacted to the announcement of the plans of four occupied regions of eastern Ukraine to hold referendums on joining the Russia Zelensky expressed gratitude to those in the international community who have already condemned the referendum plans and announced that he will set out Ukraine’s position in the video speech he will give at the UN General Assembly in New York.
INTELLIGENCE GB – For British intelligence, the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia referendums may have been anticipated in the face of “significant pressure” on the Russian civilian and military leadership in the past two weeks. “On September 20, 2022 – reads the latest update on the Ukrainian crisis released by the London Ministry of Defense – officials from the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, occupied by Russia, announced that they will conduct a referendum on joining the Federation. These consultations follow the formal recognition by the Russian Duma of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk on February 21, 2022 “.
“This urgency – he continues – is probably dictated by fears of an imminent Ukrainian attack and by the expectation of greater security once they formally join Russia. Russian forces in Ukraine continue to have staff shortages. The Russian Duma has voted on September 20, 2022 to amend a law that strengthens penalties for non-compliant soldiers. This is likely intended to limit the number of desertions and thereby mitigate some of the more immediate pressures. The Russian civilian and military leadership has come under severe pressure in the last two weeks. It is very likely that these new measures have been anticipated due to public criticism and mark a further development in Russia’s strategy. “
USA – “If Russia organizes these bogus ‘referenda’, the United States and the international community will never recognize its claims on any part of Ukraine allegedly annexed. We continue to be with the Ukrainian people”, declared the US secretary of state Antony Blinken. “Any fake Russian ‘referenda’ in Ukraine would be illegitimate and an affront to the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity that underpin the UN Charter, just as world leaders are gathering for the General Assembly,” he wrote on Twitter.