Leaders of two Ukrainian breakaway regions come to Russia for merger procedures

Leaders of the separatist regions of Donetsk and Lugansk in eastern Ukraine have arrived in Moscow to finalize the process of annexing Russia after the referendum.

“That’s all it takes for us to be part of Russia. We really need a joint victory.” RIA Novosti September 28 quoted Denis Pushilin, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

Pushilin said he went to Moscow to complete the necessary legal procedures in the Russian State Duma (lower house) and the Council of the Russian Federation (upper house) to serve the process of annexation into the territory of this country.

The Telegram account of the government of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) on the same day also confirmed that leader Leonid Pasechnik had arrived in Moscow to complete legal procedures for the annexation of Russia.

The Kremlin has not commented on this report and has not outlined a specific program for the annexation of breakaway regions in Ukraine.

Leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) Leonid Pasechnik (left) and leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin.  Photo: TASS.

Leader of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) Leonid Pasechnik (left) and leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin. Image: TASS.

Donetsk and Lugansk are two provinces that make up the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine. These two areas have become a hotbed of fighting since 2014, after people here organized an armed protest movement demanding autonomy and secession from Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 21 recognized the independence of the DPR and LPR, then launched a military operation in Ukraine to “liberate Donbass”. These two entities are also recognized by Syria and North Korea.

The DPR and LPR together with the pro-Russian authorities in the two regions of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson on September 27 completed the referendum to annex Russia. The government of the four regions then announced that they had counted all the votes of the people, with the lowest result being 87.05% of voters chose to annex Russia. These four regions account for about 15% of Ukraine’s territory.

The Kremlin said the votes had legal implications and also created security implications, alluding to warnings that Russia could use nuclear weapons to “defend territorial integrity” after the annexation. import 4 regions of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called this a “farce”, while Western countries also considered the referendums to be “staged”. The United Nations stated that it remains committed to Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

Ngoc Anh (Theo Guardian)

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