A destroyed car displayed in Donetsk in 2015, now annexed by Russia (Photo: Irina Gorbasyova)

Putin's twin aim: to break Ukraine and West's consensus

Russian President Vladimir Putin's swift announcement of the so-called "referenda" in the second half of September was just one element of the Kremlin's two-pronged response to international and domestic developments.

Ukraine's counteroffensive, and especially the almost complete liberation of the Kharkiv Oblast, not only laid the groundwork for further liberation of Russia-occupied Ukrainian territories but also angered the right-wing extremist Russian circles.

They had long ar...

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