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Ukraine will lose 15% of its territory with the signing of the annexation of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia to Russia

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Between this Thursday and Friday, four Ukrainian territories will be declared independent by Russian President Vladimir Putin in the midst of the conflict between the two countries and which has generated repudiation from the international community.

This will be the first step for the annexation of these to Russia. These are the Lugansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions. These last two were already declared independent by Putin this Thursday.

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Partially or totally occupied by pro-Russian forces in the last week they held referendums for this annexation. Western countries labeled the process carried out in the east and south of Ukraine as a farce.

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The area Putin plans to annex is key to the survival of southern Ukraine’s water, energy and grain resources. Two chambers of the Russian parliament are expected to approve the annexation in the coming weeks.

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These are the four regions that will be annexed to Russia:

Lugansk

This region bordered Russia to the north, east and south and is part of the Donbas or industrial basin of Ukraine. In 2014, their conflict to separate from Ukraine began.

It is estimated that before the war it had a population of 2.1 million inhabitants. According to Ukraine about 98% of the territory was under control of Moscow.

In February, the decree to declare it independent from Ukraine had already been signed.

Donetsk

It also integrates Donbas and, like Lugansk, has been in a conflict since 2014 for its independence. Putin had also declared independence from it in February.

Before the war it was estimated that it had 4.1 million inhabitants and almost 67% was in the hands of Moscow.

Zaporizhia

With just over half of its area controlled by Russian troops, it borders the Black Sea and contains the world’s largest nuclear power plant.

It was estimated that 93% of voters had been in favor of annexation to Russia.

Kherson

Compared to Crimea, which has been Russian since 2014, this region is controlled by about 83% by Russia. It flows into the Black Sea and its capture is strategic due to the agricultural importance of the area.

It was estimated that it had just over a million inhabitants and an area of ​​28,000 square kilometers.

The scenario that Russia poses is similar to the one that was used to annex Crimea in 2014, although without a war in between.

“Any decision to proceed with the annexation of the Ukrainian regions of Donesk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia will have no legal value and deserve to be condemned (…) It is a dangerous escalation. This has no place in the modern world,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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