Russian President Vladimir Putin appears hellbent on using an atomic weapon before he leaves this earthly realm and, according to a number credible reports, that day could be coming sooner rather than later.
In order to “justify” the use of such a weapon, the Kremlin would likely need a rather significant escalation from Ukraine, such as attacks on Russian territory.
That’s why the Kremlin just invented some new “Russian” territory.
Russia was poised Wednesday to formally annex parts of Ukraine where occupied areas held a Kremlin-orchestrated “referendum” on living under Moscow’s rule that the Ukrainian government and the West denounced as illegal and rigged.
Armed troops had gone door-to-door with election officials to collect ballots in five days of voting. The suspiciously high margins in favor were widely ridiculed and characterized as a bogus land grab by an increasingly cornered Russian leadership following embarrassing military losses in Ukraine.Trending:
Moscow-installed administrations in the four regions of southern and eastern Ukraine claimed Tuesday night that 93% of the ballots cast in the Zaporizhzhia region supported annexation, as did 87% in the Kherson region, 98% in the Luhansk region and 99% in Donetsk.
Ukraine was quick to condemn the sham referenda.
“Forcing people in these territories to fill out some papers at the barrel of a gun is yet another Russian crime in the course of its aggression against Ukraine,” Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said, adding that the balloting was “a propaganda show” and “null and worthless.”
The next step in Putin’s apocalyptic plan would be to declare Ukrainian liberators as “invaders”, and enact the parts of the Moscow military doctrine that allow him to fulfill his nuclear fetish before the cancer takes him.