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Russia signals annexation of parts of Ukraine; a look at how Putin is raising the stakes in Ukraine war

Russia paves way for formal annexation of parts it controls in Ukraine, as Moscow-backed separatists in Ukraine announce their plan for a referendum.

September 22, 2022 / 01:02 PM IST
Russia paves way for formal annexation of parts it controls in Ukraine, as Moscow-backed separatists in Ukraine announce their plan for a referendum. A look at what’s going on… (Image: News18 Creative)
Russia paves way for formal annexation of parts it controls in Ukraine, as Moscow-backed separatists in Ukraine announce their plan for a referendum. Here's a look at what’s going on… (Image: News18 Creative)
Four areas of Ukraine under Moscow’s control have announced plans for urgent referendums on joining Russia. The referendum would be held on September 23-27. According to news reports, people would be able to vote in person or remotely. (Image: News18 Creative)
Four areas of Ukraine under Moscow’s control have announced plans for urgent referendums on joining Russia. The referendum would be held on September 23-27. According to news reports, people would be able to vote in person or remotely. (Image: News18 Creative)
Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk – just before the invasion on February 24. (Image: News18 Creative)
Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine – Donetsk and Luhansk – just before the invasion on February 24. (Image: News18 Creative)
A look at Russian-controlled territory before and after invasion of Ukraine. (Image: News18 Creative)
A look at Russian-controlled territory before and after invasion of Ukraine. (Image: News18 Creative)
In recent weeks Ukrainian counterattack on Russian forces has intensified. Russian forces were forced to retreat from the Kharkiv region this month. (Image: News18 Creative)
In recent weeks Ukrainian counterattack on Russian forces has intensified. Russian forces were forced to retreat from the Kharkiv region this month. (Image: News18 Creative)
Experts believe that referendums could be to scare Ukraine – and its Western allies – into submission. (Image: News18 Creative)
Experts believe that referendums could be to scare Ukraine – and its Western allies – into submission. (Image: News18 Creative)
Russia’s nuclear doctrine allows the use of nuclear weapons of it faces an existential threat from nuclear or conventional weapons. (Image: News18 Creative)
Russia’s nuclear doctrine allows the use of nuclear weapons of it faces an existential threat from nuclear or conventional weapons. (Image: News18 Creative)
In 2014, the annexation of Crimea by Russia took place in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. (Image: News18 Creative)
In 2014, the annexation of Crimea by Russia took place in the aftermath of the 2014 Ukrainian revolution. (Image: News18 Creative)
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