© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Head of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk Individuals’s Republic Denis Pushilin, Chairman of the Committee of Russia’s State Duma on Data Coverage, Data Expertise and Communications Aleksandr Khinshtein and Secretary of the United

LONDON (Reuters) – Professional-Russian officers in 4 partially Russian-controlled areas of Ukraine declared that voters had chosen to hitch Russia, in swiftly organised referendums which the West stated have been unlawful – what occurs now?

President Vladimir Putin has stated he won’t ever abandon the residents of those areas. Ukraine says Russia is a felony state stealing its sovereign territory.

WHAT WERE THE PUBLISHED RESULTS?

– Donetsk Individuals’s Republic (DPR): 99.23% for becoming a member of Russia, 0.62% in opposition to. A complete of two.13 million folks voted in complete, 97.5 of voters.

– Luhansk Individuals’s Republic (LNR): 98.42% for becoming a member of Russia.

– Russian-controlled Kherson area: 87.05% for becoming a member of Russia.

– Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia: 93.11% for becoming a member of Russia.

WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

Issues will transfer swiftly.

The leaders of the Russian-backed separatist areas of Donetsk and Luhansk stated that they had already appealed to Putin for Russia to confess them. Russian-installed officers of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia stated they may formally ask to hitch Russia.

Putin will communicate in some unspecified time in the future.

To annex the territories some type of treaty will probably be struck and ratified by the Russian parliament, which is managed by Putin allies. The areas will then be seen as a part of Russia and Moscow’s nuclear umbrella will prolong to them.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has repeatedly stated that “pseudo-referendums” on annexation by Russia would destroy any likelihood of peace talks.

WHAT WILL THE WEST DO?

– The West and Ukraine say Russia is violating worldwide regulation by taking 15% of Ukrainian territory, whose post-Soviet borders Moscow recognised shortly after the autumn of the Soviet Union.

The West may enhance arms provides to Kyiv, and tighten monetary sanctions which might be already probably the most extreme imposed in opposition to a big economic system in fashionable historical past.

– The areas which might be being annexed will not be all beneath management of Russian forces. So, from a Kremlin perspective, as soon as they do change into a part of Russia, then combating and a entrance line will run by means of Russian sovereign territory. That would immediate some type of ultimatum from Russia to Ukraine and the West.

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