Russia declares annexation of Ukrainian territory “Impossible to determine borders … under discussion”

Interpretation of the intention to mitigate the ‘nuclear threat’ in the face of practical difficulties

Ukraine takes over two villages of Kherson

Russia said it did not decide the borders of the four states in the southeastern part of Ukraine that Russia has decided to annex to its territory.

According to the TAS news agency, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a regular briefing on the 3rd (local time) that he would “consult with local residents” to determine the territorial boundaries of the Kherson and Zaporiza regions of Ukraine. that Russia has agreed to annex, he said. He added that it was not possible to determine the form of the consultation. This means that Russia has not yet determined the boundaries of the territories it intends to annex.

On day 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty annexing the Ukrainian provinces of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporiza to Russian territory. However, it is unclear whether the entire state will be annexed or just the areas currently occupied by Russian forces.

None of the four provinces of southeastern Ukraine is under the full control of the Russian military. As the Ukrainian army advances, the front changes constantly.

Ukrainian forces recaptured Liman, in Donetsk province, on the 2nd, just one day after the declaration of annexation of Russia. On the 3rd, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that Ukrainian forces had recaptured two small settlements in Kherson, Arhanhelsk and Mirolivivka, as well as Rieman. President Zelensky has repeatedly stated that he “will punish those who participate in the manipulation of referendums on Ukrainian territory”.

The Guardian interpreted Peskov’s remarks as softening Putin’s remarks when he pulled out a “use of tactical nuclear weapons” paper. Earlier, Putin hinted at the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, saying he would defend Russian territory “with all available forces and means” prior to the annexation of the four states of Ukraine.

Former CIA Director, Retired Army General David Petrace, said in a Guardian column that if Russia used nuclear weapons, the United States and its allies would destroy Russia’s Black Sea Fleet and weapons. conventional. If he uses nuclear weapons, he expresses his intention to neutralize Russian military might by destroying Russian conventional weapons instead of responding with nuclear weapons. Pertrace added that he has not been discussed with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

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