Insight Online News
London, May 14 : According to the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence the fact that Russia has only succeeded in imposing a pro-Russian leadership in one Ukrainian city – Kherson – highlights the failure of Russia’s invasion to make progress in terms of its political objectives in Ukraine.
In its latest intelligence update, the ministry said the Russian-imposed military-civilian administration in Kherson has announced it will ask for the region to be included into Russia through holding a referendum.
If such a referendum is carried out, Russia will “almost certainly manipulate the results to show a clear majority in favour of leaving Ukraine”, the update said. However, the fact that Russia has only succeeded in imposing a pro-Russian local leadership in one Ukrainian city highlights the failures of its original plan to place “the majority of Ukraine’s regions under long-term pro-Russian authority”.