War in Ukraine: Eastern Ukraine: Sham referendums started in occupied territories


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Eastern Ukraine: Sham referendums started in occupied territories

People arrive in the Russian-backed and separatist-controlled Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine

People walk past a poster reading 'Our choice - Russia' in the Russian-backed and separatist-controlled Luhansk People's Republic in eastern Ukraine. photo

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In southern and eastern Ukraine, Russia begins mock referendums. Without the consent of Ukraine, under martial law and not according to democratic principles. The separatist chief in Donetsk speaks of a "breakthrough into a new reality".

In the Moscow-occupied areas in the east and south of the Ukraine Sham referendums on the regions joining the Russian Federation began on Friday.

The separatist leader Denis Puschilin spoke of a historic day in the von Russia recognized "Donetsk People's Republic". "This referendum is crucial, it is a breakthrough into a new reality," he said in a video published on the Telegram news channel.

The Luhansk and Zaporizhia regions also informed about the start of voting. Also scheduled was a mock referendum in the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson. The hundreds of thousands of people have until September 27 to cast their votes. The Luhansk region announced that citizens who fled to Russia could also vote there.

Voting is not recognized internationally

With the help of the result, Russia intends to use the territories incorporated and refers to the "right of self-determination of peoples". Neither Ukraine nor the international community recognize the vote under occupying Russia. These are sham referendums because they are being held without Ukraine's consent, under martial law and not according to democratic principles. Free work by international independent observers is also not possible.

"We're coming back home," said pushilin. This is not only a win for the people of Donbass, but also for Russia, which will then grow. "Donbass is Russia."

In the Zaporizhia region, only those parts controlled by Russian troops are voted on. The regional capital itself is controlled by Ukraine. The polls started without any problems, said the polling officer Galina Katyushchenko. For the time being, voting will take place outdoors – for safety reasons. According to the authorities, on September 27th voting will take place in all areas in polling stations.

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