Moscow renewed its threat against Ukraine and said that trying to take back Donbas after the referendums would be equivalent to attacking Russia

Dimitri Peskov, spokesman for the Russian Presidency (Ralf Hirschberger/dpa-Zentralbil/)

The Kremlin threatened that, if the referendums on annexation to Russia that began this Friday in the eastern regions of Ukraine are successful, they will be considered for all purposes territories of the Russian Federation and, therefore, the Constitution will be applied “immediately”.

So, Ukraine’s potential attempts to recapture Donbas would be considered attacks on Russia, which from Moscow’s point of view would legitimize any response.

The Kremlin spokesman, Dimitri Peskov, has defended that everything is “very clear” in the Constitution and, although he has avoided giving a deadline for the formal conclusion of the annexation of these territories, he has indicated that it will be “quick”according to the Interfax news agency.

The president of the Russian Federation Council – the Upper House of Parliament -, Valentina Matvienko, stressed this Friday that the body will adopt all measures “as soon as possible” for the accession of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luganskas well as from the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, the four areas where the consultations have started.

The faithful authorities Moscow in the occupied regions of Ukraine started this friday Russian annexation referendumsconsidered illegal by Kyiv and its Western allies they won’t recognize their results.

The votes held in the eastern regions of Donetsk Y Lugansk and in the southern Kherson Y Zaporizhzhia began at 5 a.m. local time, Russian news agencies said, and will last five days.

These referendums add tension to a week marked by the mobilization of 300,000 reservists announced by the Russian president Vladimir Putinthat also threatened to use its nuclear arsenal to protect its territory.

A hypothetical integration Russia of these four regions, which observers take for granted, would imply that Moscowfollowing his doctrine, could use its atomic weapons to defend them of the counteroffensive launched by Ukraine in the east and south of the country.

“We cannot let President Putin get away with it,” he told a meeting of the UN Security Council US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenaccusing Putin of “adding fuel to the fire”.

“The international order that we are trying to save here is being destroyed before our eyes,” he added.

The referendums recall what happened in 2014 on the peninsula of crimeaattached to Russia after a vote deemed fraudulent by Western capitals.

This week, after the call for these votes on Tuesday, Western leaders denounced its illegitimate character.

A member of the pro-Russian forces in Luhansk casts his vote in the military unit in which he serves (REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko)
A member of the pro-Russian forces in Luhansk casts his vote in the military unit in which he serves (REUTERS / Alexander Ermochenko) (ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO /)

For your part, Ukraine’s delegation to the UN Human Rights Council on Friday called for the creation of a “court with specific jurisdiction” about Russian aggression in his country, minutes after a United Nations mission concluded that war crimes had been committed during the invasion.

“If these acts of aggression by a permanent member of the UN Security Council are not answered, we will sink into a dark world of impunity and permissiveness,” said the Ukrainian ambassador extraordinary, Anton Korinevichwho assured that the Russian atrocities “they had not seen each other in Europe for decades”.

The diplomat compared the brutality of the crimes of the Putin regime in Ukraine with those committed in conflicts such as those of the old Yugoslavia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congoand asked the UN mission to continue working to ensure that, as in those wars, “there is no impunity for the perpetrators”.

In this sense, the report presented today by the independent investigation mission created by the Human Rights Council “is an important milestone on the road to accountability for Russia’s crimes against the Ukrainian people”, highlighted the diplomat in a videoconference from kyiv.

(With information from Europe Press)


Ukraine formalized the request for a specific court to try Russian war crimes at the UN

In the midst of the invasion, the referendum on annexation to Russia began in the occupied territories of Ukraine