A DPR army fighter is seen in front of the tank as Russian attacks continue in Mariupol, Ukraine on May 04, 2022. Russia is likely to be at the "advanced planning" stage for a referendum to be held in the pro-Russian "Donetsk People's Republic" in Ukraine on whether to become a part of the Russia. Russia has used the "defense" of these separatist regions, which it has supported since 2014 and made various attempts to "Russify," such as the handing out of Russian passports, as an excuse for invading Ukraine. Moscow has said that the "liberation" of these territories in the Donbas is its main aim of the war and its forces occupy much of Donetsk and are trying to push into Luhansk. It noted that on Aug.11, Russian media reported that Denis Pushilin, head of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), had said that the date of a referendum on the DPR joining Russia would be announced after the DPR's "complete liberation."
Source: The North Africa Journal August 16, 2022 05:58 UTC