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Russia hints at annexation of parts of Ukraine, stakes in battle

A woman collects wood for heating from a destroyed school where Russian forces were recently located in the area of ​​Izium, Ukraine, September 19, 2022. (AP)

After surprising battlefield setbacks, Russia moved to tighten its hold on the territory it held in eastern and southern Ukraine, as a Kremlin proxy on Tuesday announced plans for a referendum on annexation to Russia, which would be a part of the war. Indicates potential growth.

The Kremlin indicated that if Russia were to proceed with the merger – even if no other country recognized it – any further military action by Ukraine in those areas could be seen as an attack on Russia itself. Justifies any military response by the nation with the world. Largest nuclear arsenal.

“It is a crime to encroach on the territory of Russia, the commission of which allows you to use all forces of self-defense,” wrote Dmitry Medvedev, former President of Russia and deputy chairman of the Security Council of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Telegram, the social network Tuesday, described the referendum as of “huge importance”. (read more)

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