On May 25, the aggressor’s head of state signed a “decree” “facilitating the acquisition of Russian citizenship for residents of Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions”. This was preceded by simultaneous statements by the Kremlin through collaborators in Kherson, Melitopol and Berdyansk about the “introduction of the ruble zone” and the “transition to the Russian language of office” with the criminal goal of “integration into Russia”.
Prior to that, a representative of the aggressor’s State Duma stated that allegedly “about 70% of residents of Kherson, Zaporizhia and parts of Mykolayiv regions want to obtain Russian passports”. The falsity of this thesis is obvious not only because the occupiers did not conduct any systematic “polls” in the occupied south of mainland Ukraine.
After all, the aggressor did not occupy a large territory of Mykolayiv region, in Zaporizhia region with a population of 1.7 million more than a million live in the territory controlled by Ukraine, in particular in the regional center, and from Kherson, according to Ukrainian authorities, half of inhabitants left fleeing the occupation.
Of course, the Russian invaders can now “distribute Russian passports” in the occupied areas, as they did in 2014 in the Crimea and from 2019 in Donetsk and Luhansk. But such measures, due to the lack of access of the occupiers to demographic registers and the lack of appropriate staff, will be purely propagandistic, which was already with the distribution of 10 thousand rubles of “Putin’s aid”.
The practical purpose of such a show may be to prepare the aggressor for the criminal “mobilization” of Ukrainian citizens in the occupied areas and to provide “guarantees of evacuation” to collaborators who understand their prospects after the deoccupation of those areas.
The Kremlin’s statements are aimed at both blackmailing the Ukrainian government and the need to create the “right picture” for the chauvinistic Russian population, which wants ‘new victories over Ukraine”. After all, the occupiers promise a criminal attempt on the annexation of Donetsk and Luhansk after the “invasion till the borders” of the respective regions by Russian invaders, which the aggressor is currently unable to do due to the stability of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Thus, the collapse of the Russia’s assassination attempt on the occupied areas forces the aggressor to invent new and new fake statements about its own “successes”.