The State Duma of Russia will hold an unscheduled meeting on October 3 “to make all the necessary decisions” following the results of “referendums” in the DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. This was announced by the speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, transmits “RIA Novosti”.
An unscheduled meeting will take place on the Monday morning before the plenary. Volodin also postponed the regional week “to a later date.” He explained the adjustment of the schedule by preparations for the inclusion of the occupied territories into Russia. “The president’s decisions must be backed up by law,” Volodin stressed.
After the State Duma, the issue of joining the Ukrainian regions to Russia should be considered in the Federation Council. Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko stated that it could be considered on October 4, that is, the day after the State Duma.
Formerly Vedomosti reportedthat Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing another appeal to the Russians, which is scheduled for October 10. In addition, in the coming days, he is expected to address the Federal Assembly, which, according to Bloomberg, could take place as early as Friday, September 30th. The speech will have two main intrigues, Mikhail Vinogradov, president of the Petersburg Politics Foundation, believes: “Will the speech contain readiness for further intensification of geopolitical stakes and possible social steps.”
“Referendums” in the occupied regions of Ukraine were held from 23 to 27 September. The houses of Ukrainian residents were bypassed by armed men in balaclavas and with machine guns, wrote The New York Times. “We have already found out: refusal to vote is a guaranteed one-way ticket to the basement of a house at gunpoint,” said a resident of the occupied territory.
Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, which Russia is going to annex, make up about 15% of the territory of Ukraine. They were partially or almost completely occupied by the Russian army during the invasion. On the eve of their “authorities” reported almost one hundred percent support for joining Russia. Now the heads of the pro-Russian administrations are going to go to Moscow and ask for an audience with Putin.