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russia Fails to Achieve Initial Goal of Occupying Ukraine, and Now Preparing to Annex Captured Territories

July 12, 2022 / “Ukrinform” National News Agency of Ukraine

russia Fails to Achieve Initial Goal of Occupying Ukraine, and Now Preparing to Annex Captured TerritoriesVadym Skibitskyi, a representative of the Defence Intelligence of Ukrane, said this on the air of national telethon.

“russia’s strategic goal of fully occupying our territory has not been achieved. Secondly, having gathered intelligence, we clearly see that both russia’s legislative body, government, and other agencies are actively working on issues related to possible integration of the temporaily occupied territories into the russian federation – politically, economically, and territorially. We’ll see how it goes closer to the fall. September 11 is the common voting day,” said Vadym Skibitskyi.

According to him, the measures that russia is undertaking in Donetsk, Kherson, and Luhansk regions testify to systematic preparation for the so-called referendums.

In addition, legislative initiatives are currently being prepared in russia, set to simplify the procedure for obtaining citizenship, in the context of the integration or accession of territories to the russian federation, etc.

Regarding the issue of general mobilization in russia, Vadym Skibitskyi noted that it could be announced once russia formally declares war on Ukraine.

“putin doesn’t admit that he has not achieved his main goal of occupying Ukraine in a short period of time, so he continues the so-called ‘special military opeartion’ and remains unwilling to admit that this is a full-scale war – not only in the territory of Luhansk and Donetsk regions, as he claimed, but a full-scale war against the Ukrainian state, against the Ukrainian people,” the representative of Ukraine’s military intelligence summed up.