At the onset of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there was a significant doubt about the stated intentions of the conflict coming from the Kremlin.
One of the most prevalent suggestions was that the Ukrainian government was somehow taken over by “nazis”, despite the fact that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is himself a Jewish descendant of Holocaust victims.
Now, it appears as though Russian President Vladimir Putin is no longer concerned about keeping up appearances regarding his motives, as he is set to illegally annex several regions of eastern Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday will officially begin annexing four more regions in Ukraine in a signing ceremony following the conclusion of self-run referenda this week that the West and Kyiv have decried as a sham.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday the ceremony would take place in Moscow “on agreements on the accession of new territories into the Russian Federation,” first reported Reuters.
The “agreement” will apparently be signed “with all four territories that held referendums and made corresponding requests to the Russian side,” he added.
The votes themselves were unsurprisingly reported as rather one-sided – a key Kremlin signature of rigging.
Moscow-installed regional officials from Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaphorizhzhia and Kherson are expected to represent the four regions after claiming to have achieved a monumental show of support for Russia’s illegal seizure of Ukrainian territory.
Polls close Tuesday following five days of voting organized by Russian proxies who have claimed to have garnered 93 percent of civilian support in Zaporizhzhia, 87 percent in Kherson, 98 percent in Luhansk and 99 percent in Donetsk.
Russia isn’t new to this sort of egregious behavior either, having similarly stolen Crimea from Ukraine back in 2014.
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