Putin wants to annex Ukraine’s Kherson directly, without even sham ‘referendum’

11 May, 05:30 PM
The Kremlin complains that the pseudo-referendum in Crimea was not recognized by the world community (Photo:Mikhail Metzel/REUTERS)

The Kremlin complains that the pseudo-referendum in Crimea was not recognized by the world community (Photo:Mikhail Metzel/REUTERS)

Russia appears to be planning to annex the parts of Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast under Moscow’s occupation directly, without attempting to create a veneer of legitimacy by staging a sham “referendum.” On May 11, the Russian puppet occupation authority in Kherson sent an open letter to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, asking him to annex the occupied lands by decree.

This would in contrast to how Putin annexed Crimea in 2014 – by holding an illegitimate referendum, where polling stations across the peninsula were “guarded” by armed Russian troops.

According to one local collaborator, Kirill Stremousov, the international community never recognized the sham referendum in Crimea, so Putin should simply annex Kherson with a presidential decree.

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“This will be (done with) a single decree, on the basis of (our) request,” Russian state media outlet RIA Novosti quoted Stremousov.

However, the Ukrainian government is confident that the successful prosecution of the war by the country’s Armed Forces will put a stop to Russia’s plans.

“The only appeal that can be prepared by ‘Gauleiters’ of Kherson region is a request for an excuse (pardon) after a court verdict,” said Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, said in a Twitter post on May 11.

“The invaders (might as well) ask to join Mars or Jupiter; the Ukrainian army will liberate Kherson, no matter what games with words they play.”

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