For all intents and purposes, Russia has successfully completed the first stage of its plan to liberate the Donbass.
The Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, has ratified unification treaties with Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions. The treaties were signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the heads of the four former Ukrainian regions on Friday last week. They were certified as lawful by the Constitutional Court over the weekend and ratified by the State Duma, the lower house of the Parliament, on Monday. The latest step in the process of accepting the four regions as new parts of Russia was approved in an unanimous vote. The Russian constitution will need to be amended for the accession to be finalized.
It’s rather remarkable that so many midwits and morons in the ex-West continue to believe the narrative that Russia is somehow losing the war. It just successfully recovered over 100,000 square kilometers of resource-rich land and incorporated more than 8.5 million Russian-speaking people into the Russian state, while inflicting a casualty ratio on its enemies that exceeds the historical Israeli-Arab rate, and despite six rounds of anti-Russian sanctions, has made a financial profit on the situation as its enemies’ economies crash. Even if one doesn’t count the Crimea, Russia has expanded by the entirety of Hungary, or to put it into American terms, Colorado.
If this is defeat, one shudders to imagine what victory is supposed to look like.
But wait… Did we speak too soon? What’s that? That’s… that’s JEB’S music!