The local occupation authorities said the region would “strive to become a subject of Russia.”
Russia will most likely decide to announce the illegal formation of KhNR in the near future.
This is stated in the report of the American Institute for the Study of War as of May 8.
At the same time, the Russians are intensifying their occupation measures in Mariupol.
Russian forces are reportedly beefing up their security presence in both Kherson and Mariupol, including withdrawing personnel from forward combat units to protect Russian dignitaries in Mariupol.
The local occupying authorities said that the region would “strive to become a subject of Russia” and “in terms of the pace of development it will resemble something close to the Crimea.” “Echoing a longstanding rhetoric used by existing Russian proxies in eastern Ukraine,” the analysts said.
The Kremlin is likely to create illegal puppet “republics” or directly annex occupied territories in southern and eastern Ukraine in order to strengthen its occupation administration and try to permanently tear these territories away from Ukraine,” the report says.(C)UNIAN 2022