Borders of Russian-annexed occupied territories are announced

KATERYNA TYSHCHENKO – SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2022, 7:19 PM
According to the agreements submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation, the borders of the so-called DPR and LPR [Donetsk and Luhansk "People's Republics"] and the Zaporizhia and Kherson Oblasts allegedly taken over by the Russian Federation will be defined as the borders that "on day of their formation and acceptance as part of Russia".
Source: pro-government Russian agencies RIA Novosti and Interfax; Volodymyr Rohov, representative of the occupation administration of the Zaporizhia region, by telegram
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Quote from the “Document”: “The borders of the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic are the borders of the territory of the Donetsk People's Republic that existed on the day of its establishment and on the day of its admission into the Russian Federation and education as a new subject [constituent entity] within the Russian Federation.”
Details: The agreements with the so-called LPR and the Zaporizhia and Kherson oblasts contain the same wording.
It is currently not clear what is meant by such a formulation.
Volodymyr Rohov, the representative of the occupation administration of the Zaporizhia Oblast, commented on this definition in the “Agreement”, noting that “the Zaporizhia Oblast as an administrative unit on the territory of the Ukrainian SSR [Soviet Socialist Republic] on January 10, 1939 was separated from the south-eastern Part of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast with the administrative center in the city of Zaporizhia.
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It remains to liberate the part of the region temporarily occupied by the Anglo-Saxons,” he said.
Interfax reported that bills ratifying the agreements were submitted to the State Duma for ratification on Sunday.
At the same time, according to the “Agreements”, the borders of the so-called DPR, LPR, Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts bordering on the territory of a “foreign state” are the state borders of the Russian Federation.
The "agreements" stipulate that the state language in the conquered and annexed areas should be Russian. However, the Russian Federation allegedly guarantees all peoples living on the territory of the “new subjects” the right to preserve their mother tongue and to create conditions for their study and development.
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According to the “Agreements”, from the day the “new subjects” were accepted into the Russian Federation, citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons who have permanent residence on the territory of the “subjects” are considered citizens of Russia, with the exception of Persons who, within one month of this date, declare that they wish to retain another citizenship for themselves and/or their minor children or remain stateless.
The "agreements" also provide that from the day of the admission of the "new subjects" into the Russian Federation until January 1, 2026, there will be a transitional period to deal with issues arising from the integration of each "subject ” in Russia's economic and financial system, credit and legal systems and the system of state authorities of the Russian Federation, as well as the issue of conscription and military service in the territories of the "subjects".
On the second Sunday in September 2023, the elections for the "legislatures of the new subjects" will take place.
The President of the Russian Federation appoints senior officials on a temporary basis within ten days of the day the “new subjects” are admitted to Russia. In the Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts they are called governors, and in the Donetsk and Luhansk “people's republics” they are called heads of republics.
The “agreements” also provide that Russian laws and normative legal acts will apply on the territory of the “new subjects” from the day of their “admission” to the Russian Federation, unless Russian law provides otherwise.
It is also noted that regulatory legal acts applicable in the "subjects" on the day of their registration in the Russian Federation will remain in force until the end of the transition period or until a corresponding regulatory legal act of the Russian Federation or the Russian Federation "subject" accepted, provided, however, that they do not contradict the Russian Constitution.
Background:
On Sunday, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation approved a package of documents on the "inclusion" of the occupied territories "DPR", "LPR" [self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] and Kherson and Zaporizhia in Russia. The Russian authority has even scheduled “elections” to “parliaments” for 2023.
On September 30, after mock referendums were held in the occupied territories, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed "agreements on accession to Russia" of the conquered Ukrainian territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia oblasts, declaring that their residents from now to be citizens of The Russian Federation.
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