Amid the crossing of accusations between Russia and Ukraine about attacks against Ukrainian populations, the referendums to join Moscow continue this Saturday in the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and in the regions of Zaporizhia and Kherson.
Russia membership referendums begin in Donetsk and Lugansk
In Donetsk, despite the continuous shelling of the city, the mobile electoral commissions continue to work. Voter turnout is very high, officials say. Commission members go from house to house, passers-by also have the opportunity to vote.
The plebiscite takes place despite the constant bombing by Ukrainian troops of the main liberated cities.
The bombings in the center of the city of Donetsk have not been able to stop the holding of the referendum in the capital of the self-proclaimed people’s republic.
President Denis Pushilin reported that at least one person has died and three others have been injured in the latest attack by Ukrainian troops.
American journalist Wyatt Reed, who is an observer at the Sevastopol polling stations, said that the residents of the republics of the Donbas, Zaporizhia and Kherson regions express their democratic will in the referendums to join the Russian Federation, the voting process in Sevastopol it is transparent.
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Rally on Manezhnaya Square in front of the Kremlin and Red Square in order to support the referendum of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, the Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions, gathered more than 50 thousand people. pic.twitter.com/pHb63drhZO
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Residents of the Kherson region respond with a massive turnout to the referendum on Kyiv’s falsifications about allegedly forcing them to vote by military means, said the chairwoman of the electoral commission of the Kherson region, Marina Zakharova.
According to her, public and international observers in the Kherson region did not find a single incident of rape for two days.
The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), as well as the administrations of the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, decided to hold referendums on the incorporation of Russia as subjects of the federation.
In Donetsk, the voting process has started in the referendum on the incorporation of the Donetsk People’s Republic into Russia
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At the end of the first day, the electoral participation in the plebiscite in the Kherson region was 15.31% of the total number of registered voters and 20.52% in the Zaporizhia region. Meanwhile, the republics of Lugansk and Donetsk showed 21.97% and 23.64%, respectively.
Voting in all these territories begins on September 23 and ends on September 27.