Russian annexation vote | What we know so far
Russian officials held referendums in occupied areas of Ukraine – Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson – earlier this week. Russian-installed administrations in the four provinces formally asked President Vladimir Putin to integrate them into Russia, which Russian officials suggested as a formality, according to a Reuters report.
These territories represent approximately 15% of Ukraine. To annex them, a treaty must be ratified by the Russian parliament, currently controlled by Putin’s allies. The areas will then be considered part of Russia and its nuclear umbrella will extend to them.
Meanwhile, the head of Russia’s upper house of parliament has said he may consider incorporating the four partially occupied regions on Oct. 4, Reuters reported. It will be three days before President Vladimir Putin’s 70th birthday.
“The main thing has already happened – the referendum has taken place. Therefore, let’s say: the locomotive has already started and it is unlikely to be stopped,” said Rodion Miroshnik, the ambassador installed in Russia at Moscow of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic. , told the state news agency RIA. (With contributions from Reuters)