Russia rushes to ‘referenda’ in occupied territories fears imminent attack by Ukraine – British intelligence

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Peter Kavinsky

About this in daily review This is reported by the British Ministry of Defence.

“On September 20, 2022, officials of the Russian-occupied regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye announced the holding of “referendums” on joining the Russian Federation. That rush is likely due to fears of an imminent attack from Ukraine and the expectation of increased security after formal accession to Russia,” the post said.

Noting that Russian forces in Ukraine are still experiencing a shortage of personnel, British intelligence noted that the State Duma of the Russian Federation voted on September 20 to change the law, reducing the penalty for non-compliance with military personnel’s obligations. was expanded. This is probably intended to limit the number of desertions and refusals.

“Russian civilian and military leaders have come under a lot of pressure in the past two weeks. These new measures, most likely as a result of public criticism, mark a further development of the Russian strategy. Putin is taking more political risks in hopes of building more combat power and busting the myths that Russia is neither at war nor in a national crisis.

As reported, on September 20, the Russian invaders through their Gauleiters scheduled for September 23-27 in the occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporozhye and Kherson of the so-called “referenda” on accession to the Russian Federation.


On February 24, 2022, at 4 a.m., Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” in the occupied Donbas. Russia launched missile strikes on the territory of Ukraine and launched a direct large-scale invasion in four directions. The armed forces of Ukraine reject the enemy, the plan of the blitzkrieg – to take Kiev in two or three days – failed, the Russian army withdrew from the capital. The Russian military is committing thousands of war crimes and crimes against humanity across Ukraine.

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