Russia has admitted it does not know exactly where its new borders are as Ukraine continues its counter advance into annexed territories.
Moscow claimed Kherson and Zaporizhzhia – along with Donetsk and Luhansk – as Russian territory last week after holding ‘sham’ referendums in which voters there apparently voted overwhelmingly to join Russia.
But on Monday it said it was still trying to determine how to properly define its newly-annexed land.
“As for Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, we will continue to consult with the people who live in those regions,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
The admission looks set to further undermine how Russia can practically exert sovereignty over the region as Kyiv ignores the results of the referendum and pushes on with its advance into the Donbas.
On Monday Ukrainian forces achieved their biggest breakthrough in the south of the country since the war began.
They burst through the front and advanced rapidly along the Dnipro River, threatening supply lines for thousands of Russian troops.
It follows Ukraine’s capture of Lyman and onward march towards Svatove and Kreminna.