The first seats have been opened: the outcome is obvious. While the war (also) of disinformation continues and the talks to find a very difficult path to peaceProtests continue in Russia against Vladimir Putin's decisions Video
Last night, Italian time, the first seats in the disputed referendum to annex four regions of south-eastern Ukraine, now under Russian control, opened on the island of Sakhalin and in Kamchatka, in the Siberian Far East, where they are located. several hundred displaced people from war zones. The outcome of the referendum, which will close on Tuesday, is obvious: the secessionist republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, which have been fighting against the government of Kiev since 2014, and the territories of Kherson and Zaporozhye are ethnically linguistically majority Russian, but attacks are still feared : for this reason, the vote will be collected door to door - three million ballots have been printed -, while the seats on the spot will be open only on the last day - video
DIPLOMACY AT WORK - Meanwhile, the confrontation on the diplomatic scene continues. At the UN Security Council in New York, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov yesterday defended the reasons for the military intervention in Ukraine, accusing the West of ignoring the conflict in Donbass for eight years, and the crimes committed by Ukrainian troops against the pro-Russian population, and to have taken the field in this war alongside Kiev with the aim of exhausting and destroying Russia. 'There is an attempt today to impose on us a completely different narrative about Russian aggression as the origin of this tragedy,' Lavrov said, asking UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to persuade Kiev to publish the names of civilians whose corpses are been exposed to Bucha: 'I've been asking for months but no one reacts.' Replies were immediate, against accusations and statements of the same tone by the Ukrainian and European representatives. The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, who yesterday refused to meet Lavrov, denouncing Moscow to throw more fuel on the fire, will meanwhile see his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi today.
FORCED ARRIVALS ... AND DENIED - Meanwhile, the disinformation war unleashed on the Net has reached new heights. Yesterday the Safe Internet League, an organization believed to be close to the Kremlin that deals with Internet monitoring, counted more than 600,000 fake disseminated on social media relating to a non-existent mass mobilization or phantom forced enlistments ('a million reservists' and 'enlisted protesters' are titles that have also appeared on our sites). Hoaxes built in Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic countries, which forced the Russian Defense Ministry to specify that mainly gunners and tankers are needed, and that mobilization will therefore only concern 1% of reservists with training and experience in war theaters. Ten thousand would have already presented themselves voluntarily. In any case, these rumors have caused havoc, especially among the youngest and wealthiest, and queues have registered at the border crossings with Georgia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Finland. In Latvia, on the other hand, an amendment to the immigration law was approved which effectively prohibits entry to Russians. A paradox given that many journalists who fled censorship in Russia after the war had found refuge in Riga, including most of the editorial staff of Novaya Gazeta , the opposition newspaper of Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov. In the meantime, between exchanges of prisoners, threats and mutual accusations, the negotiation goes on. According to Washington Post , the Americans would have secretly sent a message to Moscow on the consequences of a possible use of nuclear weapons.Source: oggi.it