Russian invading forces have again run into problems in organizing a pseudo-referendum in Kherson Oblast, the head of the Kherson regional military administration, Serhiy Khlan said on Aug 22.
“There are no full-fledged preparations even in the town of Henichesk, which is traditionally an experimental platform for the invaders,” Khlan said, noting that only three weeks remained before the date for the “referendum” announced by the Russians.
Henichesk is a small coastal town in the south of Kherson Oblast, close to Crimea, beside the western part of the Sea of Azov.
At the end of June, the National Resistance Center, created by the Special Operations Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, reported that the Russian invading forces were planning to hold pseudo-referendums in order to create "republics" in the temporarily occupied territories in Kherson and Zaporizhzhya oblasts on Sept. 11.
The White House stated that the Russian invaders are preparing to annex the territories seized after Feb. 24, and they want to repeat the same plan with pseudo-referendums as with the so-called Luhansk/Donets People’s Republics in 2014.
Ukrainian intelligence and Ukraine’s SBU security service are also monitoring the invaders' preparations for holding the sham referendums.