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Pro-Russian territories of Ukraine began voting for joining Russia

Date: October 2, 2022 Time: 19:55:29

Express referendums called by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR), as well as the pro-Russian authorities of Kherson and Zaporozhye, began this Friday in the first phase so that the four Ukrainian territories could be annexed by Russia soon.

The vote, dismissed by the Ukrainian government and the West as a “farce” in line with the Kremlin’s plans for the neighboring country, will last five days: from the same Friday, September 23rd, to Tuesday, the 27th.

different days

For the first four days, citizens will be able to vote at home or in special places. Last, schools will be open

During the first four days, citizens can vote at home and in places specially equipped for this. Only in the latter will ordinary polling stations be opened,” Galina Katyushchenko, head of the Zaporizhzhya region election commission, told Interfax. The same system will operate in other regions.

The pro-Russian leaders of these territories announced the organization of these racial voices earlier this week, September 19-20.

The DPR and LPR in eastern Ukraine declared themselves independent in 2014, but Russia only recognized them as sovereign states last February, days after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a “special military operation” and launched the largest armed conflict . in Europe after World War II.

“dummy” vote

Western countries do not recognize the results, and the EU warned of new sanctions

The authorities of these entities will ask voters if they support entry into Russia. In Kherson and Zaporozhye regions in the south, the ballot will also include the question of whether the formation of an independent state like the first two is supported in these regions.

The decision they intend to make affects the entire territory of the Ukrainian province, although for now Russian troops control everything. The Russian authorities in Zaporozhye also intend to declare the independence of the entire region, including the capital (of the same name), which remains under Ukrainian control.

Russian and pro-Russian troops almost completely control the Luhansk region, but after a counter-offensive that drove the Russians out of Kharkiv this month, and depending on the Ukrainian advance, they may retreat. On Monday, Ukraine announced that its troops had recaptured several towns in Luhansk, including Belogorivka, just 6 kilometers from Lysychansk, the last town the Russians took last July, when they considered the entire region to be in full control.

After seven months of military intervention, Moscow has still not been able to crush the Ukrainian resistance in Donetsk, and they control only 55%.

In Kherson, most of the territory is in Russian hands, but the Ukrainian army is still present. And in Zaporozhye, more than half are controlled by Russians, a little less by Ukrainians.

On Wednesday, September 21, a day after the referendums were announced, Putin issued a partial military mobilization order to recruit and include 300,000 reservists in his Ukrainian campaign. Military registration and enlistment offices began recruiting future soldiers on Wednesday, and photographs of young men heading to training centers before their final destination, in most cases the war front in Ukraine, were released in the following days.

In his televised address to the nation, Putin assured that he would support the outcome of the referendum.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky assured that these votes do not change anything in his task of freeing his country from the Russian presence. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dimitro Kuleba said that Kyiv “will liberate” these territories “in the future,” “regardless of what they say in Russia.”

Western countries, led by the United States, France and Germany, are not going to recognize the results of the referenda and call these days “fictitious” or “farce.” The European Union warned against new sanctions against Russia.

Source: www.lavanguardia.com

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