Putin may announce accession of occupied regions of Ukraine this Friday -British Ministry 

The British Ministry of Defence has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin might declare the accession of four occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation during his address to parliament on Friday September 30.

Presently, the referendums underway within these territories are slated to conclude on September 27, the Defence Ministry announced in its daily briefing on Twitter.

The tweet read: “Russia’s leaders almost certainly hope that any accession announcement will be seen as a vindication of the special military operation and will consolidate patriotic support for the conflict”.

BBC reports that the sham referendums are seen by the West as a way for Putin to claim the regions as Russian territory with fears he will deploy excessive force, and possibly even nuclear weapons to defend them if Ukraine attempts to take them back.

Ukrainian and Russian forces are still engaged in heavy fighting in different parts of Ukraine, Nexus News gathered.

Nearly four million people – in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia – are being asked to participate in referendums on joining Russia as Ukraine and western nations ignored it as a sham.

None of the provinces are fully under Moscow’s control and fighting has been underway, with Ukrainian forces reporting more advances since they routed Russian troops in a fifth province, Kharkiv, earlier this month.

Nexus News recalls that last week, Putin gave a disguised threat to use nuclear weapons to protect Russian soil, which he would argue includes the four provinces if they are annexed.

There were clashes in the Kharkiv region in the northeast, with the Ukrainian military’s southern command saying that its counter-offensive in Kherson resulted in enemy losses of 77 servicemen, six tanks, five howitzers, three anti-aircraft installations and 14 armoured vehicles.

Furthermore, Russia’s decision to call up some 300,000 reservists has been met with the first sustained domestic protests since the invasion started, with one monitoring group estimating at least 2,000 people to have been arrested so far for demonstrating. All public criticism of Russia’s “special military operation” is outlawed.

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