Ukraine’s army intelligence chief says Russia will attempt to divide Ukraine into two separate areas because the Russian advance on Kyiv stalls.
Russia is contemplating “a Korean situation” for Ukraine and splitting the nation in two after failing to grab the capital Kyiv and overthrow its authorities, the Ukrainian army intelligence chief has mentioned.
Russian President Vladimir Putin “will attempt to impose a dividing line between the unoccupied and occupied areas of our nation”, Common Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Ministry of Defence’s Intelligence Directorate, mentioned on Sunday as reported by the ministry’s Telegram account.
“It’s an try to create North and South Korea in Ukraine. In spite of everything, he’s undoubtedly not ready to swallow the entire nation,” Budanov mentioned.
The 2 Koreas are nonetheless technically at warfare after a 1950-53 battle ended with an armistice relatively than a peace treaty, sealing the division of their peninsula with an impenetrable border. Their border is a 4km (2.4-mile) huge by 248km (154-mile) lengthy space often known as the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).
After greater than 4 weeks of battle, Russia has didn’t seize any main Ukrainian metropolis, and Moscow signalled on Friday that it was scaling again its ambitions to deal with securing the Donbas area of jap Ukraine, the place Russian-backed separatists have been preventing the Ukrainian military for the previous eight years.
“The occupiers will attempt to unite the occupied territories right into a single quasi-state entity, which can oppose impartial Ukraine,” mentioned Budanov, the intelligence chief. “We’re already seeing makes an attempt to create ‘parallel’ authorities within the occupied territories and drive individuals to surrender the Ukrainian forex.”
An area chief within the self-proclaimed Luhansk Individuals’s Republic mentioned the area may quickly maintain a referendum on becoming a member of Russia, simply as occurred in Crimea after Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsula in 2014.
Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to interrupt with Ukraine and be part of Russia – a vote that a lot of the world refused to recognise.
Ukraine’s International Ministry spokesperson additionally dismissed discuss of any referendum in jap Ukraine. “All faux referendums within the briefly occupied territories are null and void and could have no authorized validity,” Oleg Nikolenko advised the information company Reuters.
Budanov additionally mentioned Russia was attempting to put in a land hall to Crimea, however the plan had been up to now prevented by Russia’s failure to seize the port metropolis of Mariupol. The town on the Sea of Azov has been encircled by Russian troops for greater than three weeks and confronted relentless bombardment, however Mariupol authorities final week rejected an ultimatum from Russian forces for the town’s defenders to put down their arms.