Russia presents pre-determined results of annexation “referendum”
Russian propagandists lied that over or nearly 90% of the population in Ukraine’s occupied territories have “voted” for annexation to Russia (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)
Russian propagandists lied that over or nearly 90% of the population in Ukraine’s occupied territories have “voted” for annexation to Russia, Russian propaganda media stated on Sept. 28.
Numbers of 98.42% were invented for Luhansk Oblast, 93.11% for Zaporizhzhia Oblast, 87.05% for Kherson Oblast, and 99.23% in 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.
From Sept. 23 to 27, the Russian invaders staged sham "referendums" in the occupied parts of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia 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.
He has previously stated that any formal “annexation” of occupied territories by Russia would mean an end to any possibility of negotiations until those territories have been liberated.
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