Russia declares annexation of Ukrainian territory “Unable to determine borders… under negotiation”

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

Ukraine recovers two Kherson villages

Russia has said that it has not determined the borders of the four provinces in the south-east of Ukraine that Russia has decided to annex to its territory.

According to the TASS news agency, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a regular briefing on the 3rd (local time) that he would “consult with local residents” to determine the territorial boundaries of Ukraine’s Kherson and Zaporiza regions, which Russia has agree to attach them. He said. He added that the format of the consultation could not be determined. This means that Russia has not yet determined the borders of the territories it intends to annex.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an agreement annexing the provinces of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporiza from Ukraine to Russian territory on the 1st. However, it is not clear whether the entire state will be annexed or only areas currently occupied by Russian forces.

None of the four provinces in south-east Ukraine are under full Russian military control. As the Ukrainian army advances, the front is constantly changing.

Ukrainian forces recaptured Liman, Donetsk Province, on the 2nd, just a day after Russia’s declaration of annexation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced on the 3rd that Ukrainian forces have recaptured two small settlements in Kherson, Arhanhelsk and Mirolivyuka, as well as Rieman. President Zelensky reiterated that he would punish those who participated in the manipulation of the referendum on the territory of Ukraine.

The Guardian interpreted Peskov’s comments as softening Putin’s comments when he pulled out a ‘use of tactical nuclear weapons’ card. Earlier, Putin hinted at the use of tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, saying he would defend Russian territory “with all available force and means” before annexing four of Ukraine’s provinces.

Former CIA Director David Petrace, a retired Army General, argued in the Guardian column that if Russia were to use nuclear weapons, the United States and its allies would destroy Russia’s Black Sea fleet and conventional weapons. If it uses nuclear weapons, it conveys its intention to neutralize Russia’s military power by destroying Russia’s conventional weapons instead of responding with nuclear weapons. Pertrace added that it was not discussed with US national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

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