EU and NATO officials have criticized the referendums on Russia’s annexation in four regions of Ukraine as “illegal” with “fake” vote counting results.
“The European Union (EU) condemns the organization of the illegal ‘referendum’ as well as the falsified results,” EU foreign policy official Josep Borrell tweeted today. “This is a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
European Council President Charles Michel also said that the referendums in the four regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson were staged. “The results are fake. We don’t recognize them either,” he said.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on September 27 called the Russian-held votes in the regions of Ukraine controlled by Moscow a “flagrant violation of international law” and “illegal”.
The pro-Russian authorities in the four regions of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Lugansk and Donetsk announced on September 27 that they had counted all the votes in the referendum from September 23, with the result of 93.11%, respectively. 87.05%, 98.42% and 99.23% of voters chose to annex Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the votes had legal implications and “will also lead to security implications”, a reference to Russia’s warning to use nuclear weapons to defend its territories. this.
Meanwhile, the United Nations stated it maintained its “commitment” to Ukraine’s “territorial integrity”. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky insisted Kiev will protect its citizens in Russian-controlled areas and called the referendums “a farce”. before.
The referendum on Russia’s annexation was held for 5 days from September 23 in four provinces, accounting for about 15% of Ukraine’s territory. The Russian parliament may consider a bill to annex four regions in Ukraine on October 4.
Huyen Le (Theo AFP, TASS)