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Plan changes.In a “referendum” organized by the Kremlin, the “republic” of Donbus joined Russia and was postponed until May.

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The Russian Ministry of Defense officially announced that Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine entered its third month. declaration Its main purpose was to move to “complete control” of Donbus and southern Ukraine. To establish “full control,” self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” join the Russian Federation, and Russian-occupied Kherson declares independence from Ukraine, according to sources in Medusa near Kremlin. It is necessary to organize a pseudo referendum. However, these “referendums” have already been postponed until May due to Russia’s military failure in Ukraine.

The self-declared Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” (DNR and LNR) voted for the Kremlin-designed referendum when they joined the Russian Federation in mid-May, according to three sources in Medusa, close to Putin’s administration. May be set to do. Two of these people gave a specific date to the planned “voting” — May 14 and 15, 2022.

Russia recognized DNR and LNR as independent states a few days before the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022.By doing so, Moscow territorial dispute Throughout the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine — which means Russia is trying to merge “republics” within these boundaries (also the fact that Kieu still dominates many large settlements in Donbas). regardless of).

Another pseudo-referendum could take place on the same day in the Kherson region of Ukraine, which is partially occupied by Russian troops, according to Medusa sources. “Voting” is allegedly a matter of occupied territories, proclaiming independence from Ukraine and itself as the “People’s Republic of Kherson” (modeled after the people of Donbus). Medusa sources also believe that Russia may move to annex the region at a later date.

At the same time, Medusa sources said these “referendums” were initially set in late April but were postponed several times due to a failure on the front lines of Russian troops. As such, they said it was very likely that the date would be pushed again for the same reason.

In particular, Medusa sources near the Kremlin emphasized that Putin administration officials should not annex these “depressing regions” of Ukraine. Nevertheless, this is “top leadership”, Putin’s own personal desire.

DNR and LNR authorities did not respond to Medusa’s inquiries. In March, DNR leader Denis Pushilin and LNR leader Leonid Paseknick Mentioned A referendum will be held on joining Russia, but only after Donetsk and Luhansk have established control of the “constitutional border”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also did not answer Medusa’s question.

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Exchange Cossacks for Kirienko

Russia’s plan for a “status referendum” at the D / LNR is consistent with the Kremlin changing the dignitaries of the Donbus.As report According to the RBC, Putin’s national policymaker, Sergey Kirienko, will also handle DNR and LNR policies. Until recently, issues related to the self-proclaimed republic were under the jurisdiction of Putin’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dmitry Kozak, who inherited the portfolio from former White House Chief of Staff Vladislav Surkov.

A Medusa source near the Kremlin confirmed that Kirienko would handle Moscow’s Donbus policy and specified that it would work with Andrey Yarin, head of the Putin administration’s domestic policy department. Tie a tie To the FSB. However, contrary to RBC’s report, Medusa sources said the Putin administration had not yet created a dedicated “department” for the Donbus issue.

Sources from Medusa also said it was no coincidence that the Kremlin’s Donbus policy was transferred from the Cossack sector to Sergey Kiriyenko. “Cossacks have a position, according to a source close to the Putin administration. [deputy chief of staff], But he no longer has authority. In addition, other sources close to the Kremlin told Medusa that Kozak believed Putin was “disadvantageous” because Russia was unsuccessful in the war with Ukraine.

As mentioned earlier, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not answer Medusa’s question. Medusa could not ask Dmitry Kozak for comment.

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I wanted a “politician”

Preparations for the DNR, LNR, and “referendum” in the Kherson region are handled by political strategists, according to Medusa sources. Andrey Yarin and the FSB were responsible for their hiring. The FSB Public Relations Center did not respond to Medusa’s inquiries.

These same political strategists act as “political officers” (one of Medusa’s sources explained their role using Soviet-era terminology. Political commissar) A “military civilian government” to be established in a Ukrainian city occupied by Russian troops.

However, efforts to hire political strategists directed at DNR and LNR have not been very successful, according to Medusa sources. This is reportedly because the Kremlin still offers the usual “pre-war fees” for working in the Donbus — 200,000 to 300,000 rubles per month (approximately $ 2,700 – $ 4,000).

“”[The political officers] Necessary to maintain power in the occupied territories. That’s why residents don’t shoot them from behind, “explained one of Medusa’s sources. “Currently, in many places there is actually a Ukrainian government that influences people’s beliefs. We need to counter this.”

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story To Andrey Pelzev

Translated by Irish heart

https://meduza.io/en/feature/2022/04/28/change-of-plans Plan changes.In a “referendum” organized by the Kremlin, the “republic” of Donbus joined Russia and was postponed until May.

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