Pro-Russian officials start annexation referendums in Ukrainian territories


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A consulta pública segue até a próxima terça-feira (27).

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The public consultation continues until next Tuesday (

).| Photo: EFE

Russia announced this Friday (18) the start of the referendums on the annexation of Ukrainian territories to the Russian Federation, in a consultation on the intention of the residents. The Kremlin-orchestrated votes were widely denounced by Ukraine and the West as “a sham without any legal force”. The plebiscite is being held in the regions of Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk, partially controlled by the Russians.

The Russian agency Interfax published the question being asked to the inhabitants of the Zaporizhzhia province: “Are you in favor of the separation of the Zaporozhzhia region? of Ukraine, to the formation of an independent state and its entry into the Russian Federation?”

The public consultation continues until next Tuesday (

) and It is clear that manipulation by the Kremlin will have to take place in order for the results to be favorable to the annexation of the territories. This would give Russia the pretext to claim that the attempts by Ukrainian forces to regain control are attacks on the country, resulting in an escalation of the war. , especially after President Vladimir Putin’s latest threats about the use of nuclear weapons.

“There is a desire for these referendums to go as unnoticed as possible, so that manipulation can be carried out comfortably”, says Anna Colin Lebedev, an expert on post-Soviet societies, to the French newspaper Le Figaro.

The Russian agency TASS, which reports of according to the country’s government’s point of view, it gave some details about the conduct of voting in the controlled areas. According to the agency, due to short deadlines and “technical problems”, “it was decided to use traditional paper ballots instead of electronic voting”.

The in-person voting will take place exclusively on the day 20 of September, while on the other days the consultation will take place “in the communities and door-to-door for security reasons”.

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