Putin 'Going All In' to show Ukraine conflict Into conflict With NATO, Ally Says - Newsweek

Vladimir Putin is going "all in" to show the Ukraine battle right into a conflict with NATO, an ally of the Russian president mentioned forward of referendums later this month on becoming a member of Russia in 4 occupied areas.

Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of RT, the state-controlled Russian media organization, made the remarks on her facebook web page. in the meantime, two breakaway areas of Ukraine's jap Donbas region—the Donetsk and Luhansk individuals's republics (DPR and LPR)—have introduced plans to hold referendums on joining Russia.

The Russian executive's Tass information agency reported on Tuesday that the LPR has set a "referendum on becoming a member of Russia" for September 23 to 27. Denis Pushilin, head of the DPR, has spoke of a referendum might be scheduled on the same dates. the two pro-Russia separatist republics broke far from Kyiv in 2014 following Putin's annexation of Crimea and have been in part occupied with the aid of Russia that 12 months.

In her fb submit, Simonyan recommended that recognizing the eastern areas as belonging to Russia would permit Moscow to more conveniently threaten NATO with retaliatory strikes for any Ukrainian counterattacks.

"an immediate referendum—it is a Crimean scenario, and it be all-in," wrote Simonyan, relating to the annexation of Crimea following a referendum that had been criticized by U.S. and european officers as illegitimate.

"today a referendum, the next day—cognizance as a part of the Russian Federation, the day after tomorrow—strikes on the territory of Russia will turn into a full-fledged struggle between Ukraine and NATO with Russia, untying Russia's hands in all respects," she wrote.

Simonyan introduced: "If I remember correctly, now referendums might be demanded no longer best within the LPR."

A Ukrainian soldier waves the Ukrainian national flag whereas standing on desirable of an armored personnel provider on April 8 in Hostomel, Ukraine. An ally of Vladimir Putin talked about the Russian president is going "all in" to turn the Ukraine war right into a conflict with NATO. Alexey Furman/Getty photos

Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia's security Council, spoke of Tuesday on his Telegram channel that the effects of the referendums might be irreversible.

"it's vital that after amendments to the constitution of our state, now not a single future leader of Russia, not a single legit will be capable of reverse these selections," Medvedev mentioned.

meanwhile, Russian-language independent news outlet Meduza mentioned two sources near the Kremlin that noted referendums will even be held in the Russian-occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, from September 23 to 27.

The Institute for the look at of war (ISW), a U.S. believe tank, observed Tuesday that efforts to annex Luhansk and Donetsk reveal how much Kyiv's a hit armed forces counteroffensive is caring Putin.

Ukrainian forces reclaimed more than three,000 rectangular miles of territory in the northeastern Kharkiv location all the way through a counteroffensive that begun in early September.

Russia "may well be operating out of how to try to cease Ukrainian forces as they strengthen across the Oskil River and closer to Luhansk Oblast," the ISW referred to.

Newsweek has contacted Russian and Ukrainian authorities for remark.

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