Russians trying to construct "state border" at Vasylivka checkpoint, says Zaporizhzhia governor

5 October 2022, 12:06 PM
Vasylivka is the only settlement through which you can travel to the occupied territories and back (Photo:061.ua)

Vasylivka is the only settlement through which you can travel to the occupied territories and back (Photo:061.ua)

Russian occupation authorities are trying to set up a "state border" at a checkpoint separating occupied and free Ukrainian territory near the town of Vasylivka in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, Zaporizhzhia regional governor Oleksandr Starukh said on national TV on Oct. 4.

"In Vasylivka, they are trying to arrange a ‘state border’, as they believe, with all the rules of crossing that they invented. They do not let men of military age through," he stressed.

Starukh added that transit from the occupied territory has stopped on both sides.

"The occupiers are trying to build a ‘border’, as they did in Crimea and Donbas," said the governor.

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He also noted that over the past day only 43 people, including 11 children, were able to pass through Vasylivka from the occupied territories. Last week, that number reached upwards of 2,000 daily.

From Sept. 23 to 27, the Russian invaders staged sham "referendums" in the occupied parts of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya oblasts. None of these regions are fully controlled by Russia.

Ukraine and the vast majority of Western countries have declared that the Kremlin-imposed results would not be acknowledged. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also noted that the holding of a vote and an attempt to annex Ukrainian territories would not affect the process of their liberation by the efforts of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Russian propagandists claimed that over or nearly 90% of the population in Ukraine’s occupied territories had “voted” for annexation to Russia. Numbers of 98.42% were invented for Luhansk Oblast, 93.11% for Zaporizhzhya Oblast, 87.05% for Kherson Oblast, and 99.23% for Donetsk Oblast.

All of these reported “results” are simply made up by the Kremlin, and do not correspond with the actual attitudes of the population in the occupied territory.

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin signed papers signifying the Kremlin’s claim to have annexed Ukrainian territories under Russian occupation on Sept. 30.

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