Russia and Ukraine: What “ghost states” does Moscow recognize and how does it use them in conflicts with its neighbors?

  • Angel Bermudez
  • BBC News World

In this 2018 photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen receiving South Ossetian President Anatoly Bibilov at the Kremlin.

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South Ossetian President Anatoly Bibilov (right) announced that they would seek to annex Russia.

“I believe that unification with Russia is our strategic goal, our path, the aspirations of the people. We will take appropriate legal measures in the near future. The Republic of South Ossetia will be part of its historical homeland – Russia.”

Those were the words that on March 31, the President of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, announced his intention to hold a referendum on the accession of that region to Russia.

The news has sounded alarm bells because most of the international community South Ossetia is a separate region from Georgia and is not a sovereign state.

In addition, the announcement came in the context of the current Russian invasion of Ukraine, a country that in recent years has witnessed Moscow’s annexation of Crimea since 2014, while pro-Russian separatist groups have attempted to wrest it from two other regions of its territory. .: Donetsk and Luhansk.

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