The government’s Tass news agency claimed on Wednesday that separatist regions of Ukraine’s Kherson, as well as Georgia’s South Ossetia, would ask to be absorbed into Russia.
Alan Galoyev, the “Leader” of South Ossetia, said his administration is ready to hold a vote on entering Russia, as long as Moscow approves it.
They Say It’s Legitimate
“Today, we could see our key ally, the Russian Federation, is dealing with global difficulties by launching a special operation in Ukraine to destroy neo-Nazi organizations,” Galoyev stated, using euphemisms for Russian ruler Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine.
Gagloyev defeated incumbent South Ossetian “Governor” Anatoly Bibilov in Sunday’s election, promising to make efforts to integrate with the Russian Federation.
The United States and the European Union-backed the Georgian government in calling the election fraudulent.
Drone-controlled artillery strikes devastated Russian Federation attempts to assault across a critical river in the northern #Luhansk sector, inflicting crippling losses and stopping cold a top priority #Kremlin offensive, multiple sources said on Thursdayhttps://t.co/EZYRVkgme5
— KyivPost (@KyivPost) May 12, 2022
“On Abkhazia and South Ossetia, our stance is unchanged: both regions are fundamental components of Georgia. This cannot be changed by ‘elections’ or prior illegitimate ‘referendums’ demanding the absorption of South Ossetia into Russia.”
“As a result, we reiterate our unequivocal support for Georgia’s sovereignty and national stability within globally renowned borders,” the US Embassy in Georgia stated in April.
Since 2008, Russian troops have occupied South Ossetia.
Its sovereignty is mostly acknowledged by Russian client governments, including Syria, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, which was bribed with a $2.2 billion arms sale from Russia in exchange for its support.
At the time, Ukraine is dealing with advancing the Russian military. A week into the assault, the Kherson area, named after its most important city, was seized.
The region is strategically important to Russia because it links the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow seized in 2014, to insurgents fighting the Ukrainian government in other Russian-coveted areas.
Ihor Kolykhaiev, the legitimate mayor of the city of Kherson, was deposed and substituted by a Russian puppet for refusing to “collaborate” with invaders. Russian propaganda was broadcast instead of Ukrainian TV.
The captive populace was even forced to cancel Ukrainian currency in favor of Russian rubles, which had been forbidden by local banks.
Civilians are being prevented from departing the Kherson area by Russian troops, but many have managed to elude the searches and escape to safer locations.
According to Kolykhaiev, the Russian assault on Kherson resulted in a 40% population loss.
Daniil Martynov: "The city of Popasna is 100% liberated and is under the control of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. All special forces are completing the cleaning of the car repair plant." pic.twitter.com/ilymcdeimL
— UkraineMaps (@MapsUkraine) May 8, 2022
Holding a “vote on independence” under such circumstances would be even more of a charade than South Ossetia’s “elections.”
However, the Russian puppet administration of Kherson, as per Tass on Wednesday, is keen to follow in the footsteps of occupied Crimea and enter the Russian Federation.
“The civilized world did everything it could to not accept Russia as a full-fledged part of the international society,” claimed Russia’s representative in Kherson, Kirill Stremousov.
“As a result, this will be a single order based on the Kherson state leadership’s plea to Russian President Vladimir Putin.”
“A petition will be made to make the Kherson area a full member of the Russian Federation,” Stremousov stated.