Russia It reiterated its threat to use nuclear weapons this Tuesday, when the last day of the referendum would annex the four territories under its total or partial control. Ukraine, votes deemed “farcical” by kyiv and its allies. Dmitry Medvedev, the former Russian president and now number two in the Russian Security Council, has pledged that Moscow will defend these new territories, which it wants to annex after an inspection of “all Russian weapons, including strategic ones.”
I say it once again for the deaf (…) Russia has the right to use nuclear weaponsIf necessary,” he said.
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When questioned about Medvedev’s statements, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed they were consistent with Russia’s “military doctrine.”
“The legal situation will change radically from the point of view of international law, and it will also have consequences for security in these regions,” Peskov said.
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The nuclear threat to the West coincides with the last day of voting in pro-Russian separatist regions. Donetsk Y Luhansk (East) and also in the regions Gerson Y Jaboria (South), under Russian occupation.
The vote was organized in response to Kyiv’s counter-offensive, which has retaken thousands of square kilometers from the Russians with the backing of Western arms since early September, and is reminiscent of the strategy used to annex Crimea in 2014.
Together, these five regions make up a little more than 20% of the Ukrainian territory.
This Tuesday, the Russian President, Vladimir PutinIt was confirmed that the purpose of these polls was to “protect the population” living in these regions.
Expulsion of the Russians
The G7 countries have vowed they will “never accept” the results, with the US even promising a “swift and tough” response with additional sanctions.
The European Union has said it considers the merger referendums “illegal” and “illegitimate” and has warned that those who cooperate in their system will be subject to economic sanctions.
China, Moscow’s main ally, did not openly criticize the referendums but called for respect for the “territorial integrity of all countries”.
None of these criticisms or threats impressed Moscow, which organized the referendum last week in a rush to accommodate those displaced by the conflict, opening hundreds of polling stations in four regions and across Russia against the backdrop of Ukrainian military advances.
Officials indicate that there will be “provisional results” by Tuesday night or in the following days. Next, the Russian parliament must vote on a text formalizing the integration of the four regions into Russia.
On the diplomatic level, French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna traveled to Kew on Tuesday to express her support for Ukraine and meet the president. Volodymyr Zelensky.
At this point in the conflict, Russia announced a mobilization of reservists seeking to recruit about 300,000 troops into its army.
This Tuesday, this trend is confirmed by Georgia and Kazakhstan, but a change is also seen in countries like Finland or Mongolia.
“I’m not cannon fodder, I’m not a murderer,” Nikita, a 23-year-old Russian woman who crossed the border into Georgia, told AFP.
The Russian Defense Ministry has indicated that it will not seek the extradition of thousands of men who fled to neighboring countries to escape conscription.
Spills in the Nord Stream
On the ground, Ukraine on Tuesday demanded territorial advances in the east and the governor of Kharkiv announced that Ukrainian forces had recaptured the city of Kubiansk-Vuzlovi, “one of the logistical and rail hubs”.
Moscow, for its part, claimed to have inflicted heavy losses on its enemy.
Russian attacks by Iranian-made drones have escalated in recent days, particularly in the coastal city of Odessa, a major Black Sea port, where two devices struck military infrastructure on Monday and caused a massive fire and explosives explosion. Military command.
Meanwhile, Sweden and Denmark have reported unexplained leaks in two decommissioned Nord Stream pipelines carrying Russian gas to Europe.
Russia, for its part, said it was “very concerned” about the failures and did not rule out “any” hypothesis, including sabotage.
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