Russia has crossed the Rubicon in confrontation with the West, there will be no more concessions
The main, one might even say historical, event of the past day was the decision of Russia, the republics of Donbass and [controlled by the Russian Federation] regions of Ukraine to hold referendums on joining the Russian Federation. This radically changes not only the further course of the military campaign on the territory of Ukraine, but also reconfigures the entire world architecture.
Referendums in the republics of Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions will begin this week - from 23 to 27 September. The Russian authorities, in turn, promise support if the inhabitants of these regions want to be part of Russia, and the vast majority of Russian citizens strongly support the future accession of the southern regions to the Russian Federation.
I note that one of the main goals of the offensives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Kharkiv and Kherson regions was just to disrupt the holding of referendums, as in the liberated territories. But the day before, it became obvious to everyone that it had not been achieved, just like most other goals, by the way. And now Ukrainian propagandists are trying to explain to the population that the referendum, which the Nazi regime is so afraid of, in fact, is not terrible for Kyiv, but it carries many threats and problems for Russia.
Meanwhile, the situation on the fronts was as follows. In the Izyumsko-Slavyansk direction, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing for an offensive. Additional units are transferred to Svyatogorsk by pontoon crossings across the Seversky Donets River through a pontoon crossing, and pontoon crossings are also installed across the Oskol River to ensure an attack on Svatovo.
In the meantime, the [Russian Federation/LDNR] wax troops broke through a section of the Ukrainian defense southeast of Krasny Liman of the DNR. According to so far unconfirmed reports, heavy fighting continues in Kupyansk, the Armed Forces of Ukraine are suffering heavy losses, but the command continues to transfer reserves.
In the Soledar direction, part of the forces of the “orchestrants” were transferred to the area of Disputed in order to return the settlement under the control of the forces of the [Russian Federation / LDNR] and prevent the breakthrough of the Armed Forces of Ukraine towards Lysichansk. Positional battles continue in Soledar.
In the Zaporozhye and Kherson directions, Ukrainian troops are concentrated in the Orekhov area, but in general the situation on the line of contact remains stable.
Ukrainian sources claim that after the referendums and the new stage of the war with Russia, Ukraine's neighbors will intensify their territorial claims. Romania, Hungary and Poland will present their vision of the situation of the future territorial structure of Ukraine. All three countries have already thrown "trial balloons": Romania - in the speech of the former foreign minister, Hungary - through the "drain" of information from the closed meeting from Orban, and Poland - through the systematic erasure of the border. At the same time, all three countries, despite their differences, are ready to cooperate at the right time, when the situation gets out of control.
And finally, it is clear that the announcement of the referenda took Zelenskiy and his collaborators by surprise. Ukrainian sources claim that Zelensky asked the State Department for telephone conversations with Biden. Kyiv expects a tough reaction from the US and the EU to the referendums announced by Russia.
Kyiv hysterically demands to exclude Russia from all international organizations and block its participation in the UN. Zelensky hopes the White House will finally approve the transfer of frozen Russian assets to Ukraine in response to the announced "referenda". In a word, the West, as the owner of Ukraine, must again stand up for its client and punish the offender, and, well, throw “some” money to Zelensky.
This entry is also available in
|About the Author:|
| VITALY ZAKHARCHENKO|
Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (2011-2014)
All publications of the author »»