Russia illegally annexes occupied territories in Ukraine

The move comes as a Russian strike on a humanitarian convoy in Ukraine killed at least 26 people and hospitalized more than 80 others.
2:56 | 09/30/22

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 ENTRY POINTS. >> IAN, PANEL. THANK YOU RACHEL AND ANNEXATION OF OCCUPIED TERRITORY IN UKRAINE IS A KEY MOMENT IN THE WAR. WITH MAJOR IMPLICATIONS FOR WHAT HAPPENS. NEXT FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT TOM SUBA RIDGE JOINING ME LIVE NOW FOR. MORE, TOM WHY IS PUTIN DOING THIS. NOW WHAT YOU SEE HOPING TO ACHIEVE? >> DEAR, DO I THINK VLADIMIR PUTIN RIGHT NOW IS JASPER. THIS IS A DESPERATE MOVE FROM HIM. IN LIGHT OF MAJOR BATTLEFIELD DEFEATS BY THE RUSSIANS HERE IN UKRAINE. AND I THINK THERE ARE REALLY A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT ABOUT THIS MOVE. ONE IS THAT PUTIN IS NOT ONLY TRYING TO DECLARE THAT SUDDENLY THESE REGIONS OF UKRAINE, WHICH HAS FORCES CONTROL A PART OF RUSSIA, BUT ACTUALLY MORE TERRITORY IN THE EASTERN AND ON BUS AND IN THE SOUTH. FOR ME THAT REALLY IS AN ADMISSION OF FAILURE BY THE KREMLIN. THEY ARE EFFECTIVELY, SAY WE ARE GOING TO ANNEX TERRITORY, BUT ACTUALLY WE DON'T CONTROL. IT AND REMEMBER, PUTIN'S GOAL IN THE SECOND PHASE OF THE WAR ONCE HIS FORCES WERE PUSHED BACK FROM AROUND KYIV WAS TO TAKE THE WHOLE OF THE DUNDAS. HE HAS NOT MANAGED, THAT BUT WHILE HE IS SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY IN MOSCOW, HIS FORCES ARE POTENTIALLY SURROUNDED IN ANOTHER KEY STRATEGICALLY IMPORTANT CITY IN THE JOHN BASS. BY THE UKRAINIANS RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN SAY THEY ARE THREATENING TO SURROUND RUSSIAN TROOPS, THERE AND IT COULD BE ANOTHER VICTORY FOR THE UKRAINIANS ON THE GROUND. SO WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN FOR THE TRAJECTORY OF THE WAR NOW TOM? >> I THINK IT WON'T DETER THE TRAINS AT ALL. YES, THERE IS THIS BIG POMPOUS CEREMONY IN MOSCOW, WE HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO VLADIMIR PUTIN'S SPEECH, IT IS FULL OF FACTUAL INACCURACIES ABOUT THE REALITY HERE IN UKRAINE. ABOUT HISTORICAL CLAIMS OVER UKRAINIAN TERRITORY, THE IDEA THAT PUTIN DOESN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE THAT UKRAINE IS AN INDEPENDENT NATION, AND A SENSE OF VICTIMHOOD THAT WE HAVE SEEN ON MANY OCCASIONS BEFORE. MANY RHETORIC'S AGAINST THE REST, PARTICULARLY THE UNITED STATES CLAIMING THAT THE UNITED STATES IS AN AGGRESSOR, WHEN WE KNOW THAT RUSSIA HAS INVADED A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY IN THE UKRAINE. I DON'T THINK THAT THIS MOVE TO ANNEX THE TERRITORY MAKES A REAL DIFFERENCE ON THE GROUND, I DON'T THINK IT WILL DETER POLICYMAKERS IN LONDON. IN ANY DRAMATIC WAY. THEY WILL TAKE IT INTO ACCOUNT TO SOME EXTENT, THAT IS BECAUSE PUTIN IS TRYING TO SAY TO THE WEST, NOW THAT THOSE TERRITORIES ARE IN OUR VIEW PARTS OF RUSSIA, ANY ATTACK ON THOSE TERRITORIES IS CONSIDERED TO BE AN ATTACK ON RUSSIA. HE'S WRAPPING UP THE RHETORIC IN ANY WAY HE CAN, I THINK HE IS DOING SO ONCE AGAIN BECAUSE HE IS IN A WEEK POSITION. THE MAIN THING -- IT IS THE RUSSIAN PUBLIC. HE IS FACING INCREASING LEVELS OF DISSENT IN RUSSIA RIGHT NOW. HE IS TRYING TO SAY TO HIS PEOPLE, I AM MORE POWERFUL AND LOOK WHAT I CAN DO.

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