Ukraine separatists say people support Russia annexation

Pro-Moscow officials in four Ukrainian provinces stated that most voters supported joining Russia in the referendums.

The local election authority in the southern Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia province said on September 27 that 93.11% of voters chose to join Russia after all votes were counted.

In Kherson province, also in southern Ukraine, officials announced the results of the vote counting showed that 87.05% of voters chose to join Russia.

In the east, Lugansk province officials say 98.42% of voters chose to join Russia. “Clearly Lugansk will return to Russia,” the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) administration leader Leonid Pasechnik posted on Telegram.

In Donetsk, the election authority said 99.23% of voters chose to join Russia after all votes were counted. “We’ve all wanted this for a long time,” said Denis Pushilin, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), hailing the “huge” result. “We will reunite with our great homeland, with great Russia.”





Chairman of the Zaporizhzhia Provincial Election Commission Galina Danilchenko announces the results of the referendum at the Shevchenko Palace of Culture on September 27.  Photo: TASS.

Chairman of the Zaporizhzhia Provincial Election Commission Galina Danilchenko announces the results of the referendum at the Shevchenko Palace of Culture on September 27. Image: TASS.

“Saving the people in the territories where the referendum is taking place is the focus of the attention of the whole society and the country,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said earlier in a televised meeting with officials. .

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the votes would have “radical” legal implications and “will also lead to security consequences”, a reference to Russia’s warning to use nuclear weapons to protect these territories.

Meanwhile, the United Nations vowed to maintain its “commitment” to Ukraine’s “territorial integrity” within its “recognized” borders. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky insists Kiev will protect its citizens in Russian-controlled areas, calling the referendums a “travesty”.

“Russia’s recognition of fake referendums as ‘normal’, implementing the same scenario as in Crimea before, and another attempt to annex Ukrainian territory mean that there is nothing left to say to the President. current Russian president,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said via video to the United Nations Security Council on September 27, and affirmed that the results of the referendum were predetermined.

The referendum on Russia’s annexation was held for 5 days from September 23 in the 4 regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, accounting for about 15% of Ukraine’s territory. The head of Russia’s upper house of parliament said the lower house could consider merging four regions in Ukraine on October 4.





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

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

Huyen Le (Theo AFP)

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