Leaders of two regions of Ukraine asked Putin for merger

The leader of the pro-Russian government in the two Lugansk regions, Kherson formally asked President Putin for the merger, after the end of the referendum.

The leader of the government of the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) self-proclaimed Leonid Pasechnik said today that he has sent a request to the President that Vladimir Putin, asked him to allow the annexation of this territory based on the results of the referendum.

The pro-Russian government in Kherson province, southern Ukraine, later confirmed that it had sent a letter asking President Putin to annex the region. In a letter posted on his Telegram account, Vladimir Saldo, head of the Kherson administration appointed by Moscow, said that the people of Kherson had made a “historic choice” in supporting Russia’s annexation.





People vote in a referendum on joining Russia in Donetsk province, eastern Ukraine, September 24.  Photo: AFP.

People vote in a referendum on joining Russia in Donetsk province, eastern Ukraine, September 24. Image: AFP.

Pro-Russian authorities in four regions of Ukraine, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Lugansk and Donetsk announced on September 27 that they had counted all the votes in the referendum from September 23 with the results respectively 93.11. %, 87.05%, 98.42% and 99.23% of voters chose to annex Russia. These four regions account for about 15% of Ukraine’s territory.

The Kremlin has not commented on the proposed merger of the two Ukrainian territories. The West believes that Putin may speak about the move to annex these territories before parliament on September 30. The speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament said that the lower house could consider a bill to annex four regions in Ukraine on October 4.

Meanwhile, the United Nations vowed to maintain its “commitment” to Ukraine’s “territorial integrity” within its “recognized” borders. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky affirmed that Kiev will protect its citizens in Russian-controlled areas and called the referendums “a farce”, while asserting the results of the referendum. has been pre-determined.

The European Union (EU) and NATO also criticized the referendum result as “fake” and vowed not to recognize these territories as part of Russia.





4 regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson of Ukraine.  Graphics: DW.

4 regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson of Ukraine. Graphics: DW.

Ukraine called on the West to significantly increase its military support after Russia held a referendum. It is not clear whether the Ukrainian military will launch counter-offensive operations in the areas where the referendum was held, or how Russia will react if Kiev launches a new military operation.

The US has prepared a new round of sanctions against Russia if Moscow annexes these regions. President Joe Biden condemned the referendum and said the US never recognized the result. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced that he would sanction Russia over the “fake” referendum.

Huyen Le (Theo AFP, Reuters)

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