US assessment: Moscow apparently considering annexations in eastern Ukraine

Status: 03.05.2022 09:00

According to the United States, Russia could attempt to annex parts of eastern Ukraine as early as May. To this end, Russia is planning “fake referendums” in Donetsk and Luhansk. Ukraine accuses Moscow of removing its citizens from the occupied territories.

According to US estimates, Russia plans to annex large parts of eastern Ukraine in May and recognize the southern Ukrainian city of Cherson as an independent republic.

The United States and others have information that Moscow is planning “fake referendums” in the so-called people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, which would see the territories annexed to Russia, said Michael Carpenter, US ambassador to Russia. the Organization for Security and Cooperation. in Europe (OSCE).

It also looks like Russia will hold an independence vote in Kherson. With such referendums, the Kremlin may be trying to give its actions a democratic touch, Carpenter said. The approach expected from the United States came “straight from the Kremlin’s tactical manual”.

Internet in Kherson apparently under Russian control

Moreover, the Internet in Cherson would now be under Russian control. “Someone must have activated a line from Crimea to Kherson,” said Doug Madory, director of internet analytics at Kentik. He described the development as “strangely similar” to what happened after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014.

The London-based organization NetBlocks, which documents internet blocking around the world, reported like Madory that internet traffic in the Kherson region was rerouted via state-controlled Russian telecommunications company Rostelecom from Sunday evening after a one-day outage.

conflicting parties as a source

In the current situation, the information on the course of the war, the shelling and the victims provided by the official bodies of the Russian and Ukrainian parties to the conflict cannot be verified directly by an independent body.

Situation in Mariupol “total disaster”

In the town of Mariupol, contested for weeks, the city council announced a new attempt to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal steelworks. The rescue failed on Monday. According to Ukrainian sources, around 200 civilians are still staying there with soldiers.

According to the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders, the humanitarian situation in Mariupol is dire. “From the information we have so far, we can say with certainty: it’s a total disaster,” the organization’s emergency coordinator for Ukraine, Anja Wolz, told the newspapers. Funke media group.

“According to the mayor of Mariupol, 100,000 people are still holding out in the city,” said Georg Heil, RBB, currently Lviv.

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The true extent of human suffering in the beleaguered metropolis will only become fully apparent in the future. “I don’t think we have any idea what we’ll see there. Butscha, Irpin and Hostomel are just the tip of the iceberg,” Wolz said. Hundreds of bodies were found in the towns of Bucha, Irpin, Borodyanka and Hostomel after the withdrawal of Russian troops.

No medical care in Mariupol

Wolz pointed out that there is currently virtually no way to provide medical care to residents of the gated city. “It is currently almost impossible to bring relief to Mariupol,” Wolz said. Although there are volunteers who smuggle medicine into the city, it is only very small amounts of medicine.

Moreover, there is a lack of medical personnel to provide medical care to the people of Mariupol. “The operations cannot take place. The people there are alone.” This also applies to other combat zones in the country.

Ukraine reports rocket attack on Odessa

According to Ukrainian sources, a rocket attack hit the Black Sea port city of Odessa on Monday evening. Maxim Marchenko, the governor of the Odessa region in southwestern Ukraine, wrote to Telegram that there were dead and injured. He did not provide any information on the number of people affected.

Regarding the combat situation on the ground in eastern Ukraine, the US Department of Defense announced that the Russian military was making only minimal progress. “Troops still suffer from poor leadership and control, morale is low in many units, logistics are suboptimal,” a Pentagon official said. For example, the Ukrainian army was able to push the Russians further from Kharkiv.

Moscow: 1.1 million people brought to Russia

Russia said it brought nearly 1.1 million people to Russia from disputed areas of Ukraine. Nearly 200,000 of them are children, Colonel General Mikhail Mizinzew said in Moscow. On Monday alone, 11,500 people, including 1,850 children, were brought to Russia, he told Interfax.

According to the Russian account, these people from Ukraine are sheltered from fighting and alleged violence by the leadership of kyiv. Suspected refugees from the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine were brought to Russia even before the February 24 Russian attack.

Ukraine accuses Russia of kidnapping

Ukraine sees this as an expulsion of its citizens from the areas currently occupied by Russia to the east and south. According to sources in kyiv, the Russian army does not let people flee to territory under Ukrainian control. Ukraine’s Security Council has accused Russia of kidnapping the children and using them for propaganda purposes.

Planning a new evacuation of the occupied territory near Mariupol

Palina Milling, WDR, 3.5.2022 05:58

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