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Russia's integration of Ukrainian lands will be patchy

Tuesday, January 24, 2023


Annexation has not proceeded smoothly, despite talk of streamlined political and economic integration. Limited control of the four 'new regions', continuing warfare and administrative and social differences have created insurmountable challenges to swift consolidation.


  • The diversion of funds and personnel to the 'new regions' may cause resentment in Russia.
  • Kharkiv region was reportedly considered for annexation, but Russia's total defeat there has killed the idea.
  • Ukraine will continue demanding the restoration of all territories including Crimea.

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