One of the Russian negotiators at meetings with Kiev said this Wednesday that the Ukraine territories militarily occupied by Russia could hold referendums in early July with the aim of annexing them.
“I do not want to make predictions. […]But I hope the liberated territories will hold a referendum at the same time, which is logical“This was announced by Leonid Slotsky, chairman of the Foreign Council of the Russian Federation (Duma), citing the Rio Novosti Agency.
“I think this will happen in July,” said the deputy, who is part of the Russian delegation for peace talks with Ukraine, which has been suspended for weeks.
Russia considers occupied Ukrainian territories “liberated” in conjunction with separatist movements.: The self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk republics recognized Moscow’s independence, and parts of Gershon and Saporizhia were partially occupied in late February.
Since its occupation, administrations under Moscow’s control have introduced the Russian ruble as a currency and granted Russian citizenship to its citizens and established Russian contact networks.
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov recently stressed Residents of these regions “must choose their future”It shows the hope that they will choose their autonomy and independence from Kiev.
The military offensive launched by Russia in the early hours of February 24 in Ukraine has already killed more than 4,000 civilians and forced more than 14 million people to flee their homes, with more than 6.8 million fleeing to neighboring countries. Latest UN data.