‘Choose to become part of the Russian Federation.’ A pseudo-referendum started in Ukraine iRADIO

On Friday, at 8:00 a.m. local time (7:00 a.m. CEST), a referendum on joining Russia began in Moscow-controlled or occupied parts of Ukraine, AFP reports. When announcing the holding of these pseudo-referendums on Tuesday, Western countries already announced that they would not recognize their results, considering them a step by Moscow to annex additional Ukrainian territory.

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6:55 am 23/09/2022 (Updated: 9:55 a.m. 9/23/2022)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin supported the referendum in a speech on Wednesday (illustrative photo) | Source: Reuters

People in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR), self-proclaimed state entities controlled by pro-Russian separatists since 2014, can vote until Tuesday.


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The head of the DNR, Denis Pušilin, called the referendum “the culmination of our common difficult journey”.

According to the TASS agency, he thanked everyone “for their courage, indestructible bravery and faith in our great motherland.” “The voice of each of you will confirm the truth: Donbass is Russia,” he added.

“As the head of the republic, based on the results of the referendum, I will ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to consider the issue of our joining the Russian Federation in accordance with the procedure established by Russian laws,” LNR head Leonid Pasečnik said on Russian state television.

In February of this year, shortly before the start of the invasion of Ukraine, Putin recognized both the DNR and the LNR as independent states.

Referendums are also being held in parts of Ukraine’s Zaporozhye and Kherson regions occupied by the Russian army.

On Wednesday, pro-Russian authorities decided to temporarily annex some parts of Mykolaiv Oblast to Kherson Oblast, making it possible to hold a referendum there as well. Residents of the mentioned parts of Ukraine who are in Russia can also cast their vote.


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The speaker of the Russian State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, told residents of Moscow-controlled territories to “vote freely and not be afraid of anything.”

“You decide to become part of the Russian Federation, we will support you,” he said. According to the speaker of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament, Valentina Matvijenko, the inhabitants of the occupied territories are deciding between “life and death”.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, which routinely monitors the election, said the results of the current vote would not be legally valid because they were in violation of Ukrainian law and international law and were being held in unsafe areas. Independent observers do not participate in them.

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Explosions and fear

An explosion was reported this morning from the center of Melitopol in the occupied part of the Zaporozhye region. The mayor of the city, Ivan Fedorov, who is loyal to Kyiv, said in a telegram that “people are afraid to leave the house”.

“Such fear suits the occupiers – they need everyone to sit quietly at home,” he said.

The portal Ukrainska Pravda wrote that in Melitopol, members of election commissions go around households and collect votes.

In the Donetsk region, a railway junction in the town of Jasynuvata became the target of the attack. According to the Nexta news channel, a train carrying Russian T-62 tanks, which had just arrived there, was hit.

A significant part of the population of the territories on which the referendum began has fled because of the war, Reuters noted. Voting takes place on about 15 percent of Ukraine’s territory.

The results of the vote are expected to be in favor of joining Russia. According to the government in Kyiv, Russia wants to use the results of the referendums to demonstrate the alleged support among the people for secession of these territories from Ukraine, and use them as a pretext for annexation.

It did the same in 2014 in Crimea. The international community did not recognize the annexation of this Ukrainian peninsula.

The Ukrainian authorities also point out that if Russia declares the areas where the referendums are held as part of its territory, it may label the Ukrainian effort to liberate them as an attack on its territory.

“Then they will be able to fight without any restrictions,” said the head of Ukraine’s Luhansk region, Serhii Hajday. Russian President Putin announced a partial mobilization on Wednesday, the army will call up about 300,000 people.

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