US Secretary of State Antony Blinken blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s utter contempt and disdain for the UN he displayed this week by mobilizing more reserve forces for the war in Ukraine and pushing ahead plans for referendums in the occupied Ukrainian territories.
Justifying his decision with the protracted conflict in Ukraine and Donbas that Russia faces, Putin announced Wednesday morning a partial military mobilization of military reservists into active service
Previously on Tuesday, Putin’s hawkish long-term ally of Vladimir, Dmitry Medvedev, suggested as essential that the self-proclaimed separatist regions in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, should hold referendums to join the Russian Federation to not only to restore historic justice but to offer systematic protection of residents of the LPR, DPR, and other liberated territories.
Hours later, Kherson Public Council made an appeal to Vladimir Saldo, the head of Kherson’s military-civilian administration to immediately hold a referendum in another sign that Kremlin-backed officials in occupied Ukraine are trying to push integration with Russia.
The fact that all this is developing while the United Nations General Assembly is happening, as Blinken pointed out, is a sign of the contempt and the violent aggression by Russia toward the principles of the United Nations, for the General Assembly, and for the United Nations Charter.
US State Secretary pointed out that he’s not surprised Russia was making these moves now considering the significant gains by Ukraine in retaking the land that has been occupied by Russian troops and the battlefield losses they’re suffering.
Blinken reiterated that Washington will never recognize any move by Moscow to annex Ukrainian territory or, as he called them, the sham Russian-backed referendums in Ukraine.