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Sep 22

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🧵from analysis "Russia: the decision to escalate the war with Ukraine" ▪️Both the announcement of the ‘referendums’ – and of partial mobilization, represent Russia seriously escalating its war against Ukraine and its confrontation with the West. 1/10

▪️It is to be expected that the annexation ‘referendums’ will be completely rigged – both in terms of the turnout and the results. This will be made easier by organizing the vote (for ‘refugees’ from Ukraine) on Russian territory and, probably, some remote voting. 2/10

▪️Annexation will lead to the paradoxical situation that part of the ‘Russian’ territory will be under the ‘occupation’ of Ukraine, which, on the one hand, will hit the prestige of the 🇷🇺, but, on the other hand, will justify the necessity of their rapid ‘liberation’. 3/10

▪️Moscow’s political objective is to create faits accomplis that propaganda could present as a victory (however limited) for Russia in a ‘special operation’, while masking recent defeats on the frontline. 4/10

▪️Putin’s declaration contained false accusations that the West is threatening Russia with nuclear weapons and claiming the West wishes to destroy it. This should be seen as part of psychological warfare. 5/10

▪️The decision to mobilize marks a break with the pretence of implementing a limited ‘special operation’ in Ukraine (despite Moscow’s continued use of the term) and turns it into a full-scale war. 6/10

▪️Mobilization, combined with the formal annexation of partially occupied Ukrainian territories, means in practice that Russia will be able to legally compel conscripted soldiers and drafted reservists to participate in combat. 7/10

▪️The decisions carry political risks for the Putin regime. This is because they mean that the war and its consequences will potentially affect wider sections of society and that Russians will increasingly fear that the confrontation with the West will also escalate. 8/10

▪️It is to be expected that Putin’s decisions will lead to an increase in Ukrainian attacks, including acts of subversion, in the annexed territories, and will force the West to further significantly tighten restrictions against Russia and increase support for Ukraine. 9/10

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On 20 September, the authorities of the puppet so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in the Russian-occupied part of the Ukrainian Donbas, as well as the Russian administrations of...

osw.waw.pl/en/publikacje/…

Russia: the decision to escalate the war with Ukraine

On 20 September, the authorities of the puppet so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics in the Russian-occupied part of the Ukrainian Donbas, as well as the Russian administrations of...

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