The leader of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Lugansk has said the region could soon hold a referendum on a possible annexation to Russia.
“I think a referendum could be held on the territory of the republic in the near future. The people will be able to exercise their constitutional rights and express their views to join the Union. Russia“, the self-proclaimed leader of the Lugansk People’s Republic Leonid Pasechnik said today.
Russian and Ukrainian officials have not commented on the statement.
Russian President Vladimir Putin On February 21, he signed a decree recognizing the independence of two breakaway territories in eastern Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR). The two breakaway territories of Donetsk and Lugansk, collectively known as the Donbass region, broke away from Ukrainian government control in 2014 and declared themselves independent, though not recognized, “people’s republics”.
Just days later, Russia launched a military operation in Ukraineexplained that they had to act after the two breakaway regions of Ukraine called for help.
The Russian Ministry of Defense on March 9 published a six-page document written in Ukrainian and with the same sign as the official document, which appears to show internal communications of the Ukrainian National Guard and indicate that Kiev intends to attack the separatist Donbass region in March. .
Ukrainian officials at the time did not comment on the information, while UNIAN news agency general manager Misha Gannytskyi said the documents published by Russia were fake. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on Twitter on February 21 that they “did not attack Donetsk or Luhansk”.
The fighting in Ukraine has so far shown no signs of abating. Russia’s military advances were most profitable on Ukraine’s southern coast, when it captured the large city of Kherson and a number of smaller targets such as Melitopol.