What does annexation mean in war?

The annexation of countries is common in wars, when one country is fighting over another’s territory.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to announce his plan to annex Ukraine on September 30, 2022.

Russia plans to annex four regions of Ukraine on September 30, 2022


Russia plans to annex four regions of Ukraine on September 30, 2022Photo credit: Getty

What does attachment mean?

An annexation occurs when a country claims another’s territory that was previously outside its own borders.

The process is typically conducted following a military presence or war in the region and is considered illegal.

One such act occurred during Nazi control of Germany when they invaded Austria on March 12, 1938 and took control the following day.

Adolf Hitler announced on March 13 that he would annex Austria and make it part of Germany.

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The country was restored on May 15, 1955 and proclaimed a “sovereign, independent and democratic state”.

However, military presence does not always result in the annexation of a country, as the US government did after World War II.

The annexation is a violation of international law declared by the United Nations in 1945.

The United Nations website states that “International law, including the UN Charter, strictly prohibits the acquisition of territory by force.

The website continues: “The present has witnessed a dramatic escalation of annexationist threats and policies, alarming the international community and increasing calls for action and accountability to stop such grave violations of international law.”

Will Vladimir Putin annex Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to announce that he has annexed parts of Ukraine after claiming in a vote that the citizens wanted to be part of Russia.

According to Russian election officials, 93 percent of ballots in the Zaporizhia region supported the annexation, 87 percent in the Kherson region, 98 percent in the Luhansk region and 99 percent in Donetsk.

Armed Russian military personnel began voting on September 23, often going door-to-door.

The vote was declared illegitimate by US and NATO allies, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the UN Security Council that “any annexation in the modern world is a crime, a crime against all states that violate the inviolability of the border consider themselves vital.”

Mariupol Mayor Vadym Boychenko fled Ukraine when Russia invaded and said the results were incorrect because only 20 percent of Donetsk’s 100,000 residents voted.

At a press conference, Boychenko said: “A man with an assault rifle comes to your home and asks you to vote. So what can people do?”

The UN Security Council met in New York on September 27, and ABC News reported that the US and Albania plan to introduce a resolution not to accept the Kremlin’s findings.

The four regions are reportedly to remain part of Ukraine, but Russia is expected to veto the resolution.

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014


Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014Photo credit: Getty

Did Vladimir Putin annex other areas of Ukraine?

The last time a country was annexed was in March 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

Crimea had been part of Ukraine since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, in what Putin called a historic injustice.

Announcing the country’s annexation, Putin said, “Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia in people’s hearts and minds.”

Putin has denounced NATO and the West, creating a rift that has endured for 30 years.

“They cheated us again and again, made decisions behind our backs, presented us with ready facts,” he said at the time.

“That’s how it was with NATO’s eastward expansion, with the construction of military infrastructure on our borders. They always told us the same thing: ‘Well, that doesn’t concern you.’”

Similar to the current climate in Ukraine, the Russian military was sent to Crimea to let citizens vote.

According to the New York Times, 97 percent of the region voted to secede from Ukraine.

Ukrainian officials had said they would never accept the annexation of Crimea, and in response to an uprising in Ukraine, Putin called them “Russophobes and neo-Nazis,” something he used as justification for invading Ukraine in March 2022.

Putin then claimed he did not want to annex other areas of Ukraine and said in a televised address: “Don’t believe those who say Russia will take over other regions after Crimea. We do not need that.”

Claiming he “sympathizes” with Ukraine, he said, “We are one nation. Kyiv is the mother of all Russian cities.”

Samuel Charap, senior fellow on Russia and Eurasia at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC, told the Washington Post he was concerned by Putin’s sense of betrayal of the West.

“The question is: Do you believe it or not?” he said.

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“I think we underestimate the power of the grievance narrative, narrowly attributing it to a propaganda campaign or the paranoid fantasies of a ruthless dictator.”

He continued, “If that affects the decision-making climate, then we have to deal with that.”

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