The sham referenda initiated today by Russia and its proxies have no legal effect or legitimacy. They represent in no way the will of the Ukrainian people, who have consistently resisted Russian efforts to change borders by force. Read the #G7 statement: https://t.co/mCFwGcqxws— CanadianPM (@CanadianPM) September 23, 2022
Catastrophic consequences. https://t.co/E0bXLTuU9M— Viktor Kovalenko🇺🇲🇺🇦 (@MrKovalenko) September 26, 2022
Putin is no longer able to end the conflict and spin the defeat as a successful "denazification" of Ukraine.— Oliver Alexander (@OAlexanderDK) September 26, 2022
After the annexation there will be no way to spin future Ukrainian offensives to liberate the occupied regions. Any territory liberated will be a direct lost to Russia.
If this fails, we are moving towards a scenario that only has two realistic outcomes:— Oliver Alexander (@OAlexanderDK) September 26, 2022
1. Internal pressure in Russia causes a governmental collapse of some kind, allowing the new leadership to proceed to deescalate the war.
We are nearing a situation of the unstoppable force and the immovable object.— Oliver Alexander (@OAlexanderDK) September 26, 2022
Ukraine is rightfully insistent on liberating all of its occupied territory.
At the same time the current Russian government will not survive the loss of this (especially Crimea).
I am not saying that the risk of non-conventional weapons is just around the corner, but it is down the street if the mobilization does not stabilize the frontlines.— Oliver Alexander (@OAlexanderDK) September 26, 2022
The mobilization was an extremely risky political move and a decision not taken lightly by Putin.
Here is the bottom line:
It seems highly likely that the Chinese have also told Putin to keep it in his trousers.— Dr David Baird (@DavidBa35992616) September 25, 2022
And what is the end game here? How does this stop?— Dana Lewis (@Danaslewis) September 25, 2022
And this is terrible.
Dana, it stops when Ukraine has restored Sovereignty over all of its territory incl Crimea and when the 1M(+) deported Ukrainian citizens incl 250K children are returned home to Ukraine. https://t.co/zoWTZohjX9— Ben Hodges (@general_ben) September 26, 2022
When this war is over, it will take years to recover.
Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for European integration, said that about 1.5 million Ukrainian citizens, mostly women and children, are currently in Russia without the possibility of returning home, and their relatives can’t contact them.— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) September 26, 2022