Russia plans annexation of eastern Ukraine, says US official | world news

Michael Carpenter, the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said the suspected actions are ‘straight out of the Kremlin’s playbook’ and will not be recognized by states States or their partners and allies.

A senior US official said the United States believed Russia was planning this month to annex large parts of eastern Ukraine and recognize the southern city of Kherson as an independent republic.

Michael Carpenter, the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said on Monday that the suspected actions are “straight out of the Kremlin’s playbook” and will not be recognized by the authorities. United States or its partners and allies.

Carpenter said the United States and others had information that Russia was planning “fake referendums” in the so-called “people‘s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk that would attach the entities to Russia. He also said there were signs that Russia would hold an independence vote in the city of Kherson.

“We think the Kremlin might try to hold sham referendums to try to add a veneer of democratic or electoral legitimacy and that’s straight out of the Kremlin’s playbook,” he said, adding that the information suggested that the votes could take place as early as midday. -May.

“Such sham referendums, fabricated votes will not be considered legitimate, nor will any attempt to annex additional Ukrainian territory,” he said.

Carpenter did not detail the information that led to the assessment, although there have been public reports that Russia is poised to exercise greater control over areas it already controls and occupies in eastern and southern Ukraine.

He pointed to evidence that mayors and local lawmakers have been kidnapped, internet and cell phone services have been cut, and Russian school curricula will soon be imposed.

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