After suffering a string of military defeats in Ukraine, Russia has doubled down on its invasion.
Russian-backed officials now plan to hold referendums in the occupied Donetsk and Luhansk regions, formally making them a part of Russia. Eric Mock with the Slavic Gospel Association says, “The reason these referendums don’t carry the same weight as they carried in Crimea is that the Ukrainian military is still very actively engaged, and these are truly contested regions.”
“So it is more statesmanship than it is anything else.”
In addition, Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of Russia’s population into the military. Mock says, “The mobilization, in a sense, is a shift of terms away from the Russian perspective of a ‘special military operation’ to a war. Once you state war, you’re now saying there is an intent to either fight to victory or capitulate to a loss. It’s no longer just a special operation.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
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