Most Mariupol residents reluctant to vote in Russia’s faux “referendum”

25 August, 06:37 PM
A woman walks near a destroyed house in Mariupol (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

A woman walks near a destroyed house in Mariupol (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

The majority of Mariupol residents do not intend to vote in Russia’s planned sham “referendum,” Ukraine’s Military Intelligence Directorate (HUR) said in a Telegram post on Aug. 25.

Ukrainian intelligence indicates that a handful of local collaborators continue to conduct a so-called “census” in preparation to a sham vote that would seek to legitimize Russian annexation of occupied Ukrainian territories.

However, HUR said that in off-the-record conversations, collaborators admit that most locals they approach refuse to participate in the vote or avoid the question altogether.

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It’s estimated that only 5-7% of respondents have signaled their intention to “come out and vote.” Most of the people still remaining in the city are aged 45-75. Collaborators reportedly confirm that locals are hostile to-wards Russia and its occupation regime in the region.

While the preparations are underway, the date for the “referendum” is yet to be set, but it’s unlikely it would take place on Sep. 11, as initially planned.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier said that any such illegitimate referenda would rule out any potential peace talks with Russia.

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