VLADIMIR Putin has officially claimed that two large parts of Ukraine are independent after mock referendums and are about to be swallowed up by Russia.
Mad Vlad signed executive orders recognizing Kherson and Zaporizhia as independent states, paving the way for their annexation on Friday.
“Taking into account the will of the people of Zaporizhia region in the referendum of September 27, 2022 … I will recognize the state sovereignty and independence of Zaporizhia region,” the document reads.
The decree, issued in the middle of the night, came into force with immediate effect.
Putin recognized Luhansk and Donetsk as independent entities days before invading Ukraine.
It comes as the mad Russian leader claimed victory in Ukraine’s Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions after mock referendums in recent days.
A huge rally is being prepared in Moscow’s Red Square as Putin prepares to declare the annexation.
Posters have appeared in Moscow that read: “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia, Kherson – Russia!”
On Wednesday, pro-Kremlin officials said all four regions — which make up around 15 percent of Ukraine’s total territory — voted to join Russia.
The referendums were declared illegal by the majority of the international community.
Footage emerged of voters being led to the polls at gunpoint by pro-Russian paramilitary groups while election officials appeared to be counting stacks of unmarked ballots as “yes” votes.
Another video shows thugs installed by Russia taking ballot boxes from door to door, surrounded by armed men.
Putin’s cronies claimed that 99 percent of ballots cast in Donetsk were in favor of joining Russia, 98 percent in Luhansk, 93 percent in Zaporizhia and 87 percent in Kherson.
The head of the upper house of Russia’s parliament, the Duma, said the four occupied territories could become part of Russia as early as October 4, three days before President Putin’s 70th birthday.
“It should happen within a week,” Kremlin puppet Rodion Miroshnik, from the so-called Lugansk People’s Republic, told state Russian media.
“The most important thing has already happened – the referendum has taken place. So, let’s say the locomotive has already started and it’s unlikely to be stopped.”
“They can announce anything they want,” said Lyubomir Boyko, a villager in Russian-held Kherson. “They went from house to house, but no one came out.”
If Russia considers the territory its own, it could justify moving its nuclear arsenal there.
Putin has already warned that he would use nuclear weapons to protect Russian territory.
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