January 17, 2024, 18:12

Even despite putting pressure on locals in temporarily occupied territories, occupiers fail to fulfill kremlin’s tasks before upcoming elections

According to the data from the occupiers’ classified reports, they are currently unable to fulfill the tasks set by the kremlin authorities to hold the presidential elections in the temporarily occupied territories.

Andriy Yusov, representative of the Defense Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“The latest classified reports that the russian so-called enforcers in the occupied territories send to the ‘center’ — these are the agencies responsible for the repressive policies — say that the level of preparation is unsatisfactory and there is a failure to fulfill the tasks that the kremlin regime has set before the occupation administrations in terms of preparing for this farce, which they call presidential elections,” he said.

According to Andriy Yusov, their inability to issue russian passports is one of their most prominent failures.

“Despite the intense pressure, despite the repression, despite the fact that russian passports are literally being forced (on people – Ed.) with various tools, such as direct pressure and repression, as well as with indirect measures, such as the inability to get a job, get various certificates, re-register property, road transport or land lots. However, despite all these measures, the rate of issuing passports is unsatisfactory and does not cover the tasks set (for the occupiers – Ed.) in all temporarily occupied territories,” he explained.

At the same time, Andriy Yusov added that security forces and occupation administrations report on the dissatisfaction among the local population and growing pro-Ukrainian sentiments, particularly in the occupied territories in the South of Ukraine.

In addition, he mentioned that the invaders’ reports note an increase in the resistance movement.

“Also, despite the large presence of the occupying army in the occupied territories, the invaders are asking to increase the number of russian guardsmen, as well a the number of representatives of the FSB and special services to control the local population and report to the higher-ups that the current personnel isn’t enough (there are over 35,000 russian guardsmen alone, not including employees of the special services). They cannot guarantee that the so-called elections will be held in accordance with the tasks set before them. And they are unsure that they could at least falsify the end result. In general, despite the repression, despite the violation of human rights and genocidal practices, the enemy still cannot establish control over the local population. Even more so, the enemy cannot guarantee the loyalty of locals,” Andriy Yusov emphasized.  

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