20 September 2022
KIEV VOWS TO USE FORCE AGAINST BREAKAWAY REGIONS
UKRAINE HAS DISMISSED UPCOMING REFERENDUMS ON THE DONBASS REPUBLICS JOINING RUSSIA AS "MANIPULATION" AND "FEAR OF DEFEAT"
Kiev vows to use force against breakaway regions
FILE PHOTO. Andrey Yermak. © Sputnik / Stringer
Senior officials in Kiev have dismissed as irrelevant plans for a number of current and former Ukrainian regions to hold referendums on whether to join Russia.
Andrey Yermak, President Vladimir Zelensky's chief of staff, described the proposed votes as "blackmail" by Moscow.
"This is what fear of defeat looks like. The enemy is afraid and uses primitive manipulations," he said in a post on social media on Tuesday.
Yermak added that "Ukraine will solve the Russian question," insisting this could be done "only by force."
Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba also downplayed news of the upcoming referendums, dismissing the move as a "sham."
"Ukraine has every right to liberate its territories and will keep liberating them whatever Russia has to say," he tweeted.