Ukraine requests urgent UN Security Council meeting over sham referendums

25 September 2022, 11:30 AM
Security Council of the United Nations (Photo:REUTERS/Amr Alfiky)

Security Council of the United Nations (Photo:REUTERS/Amr Alfiky)

Ukraine has requested an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council on Russia’s sham referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Oleg Nikolenko, wrote on Twitter on Sept. 24.

“Russia must be held accountable for its further attempts to change Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders in a violation of the UN Charter,” he tweeted.

Russia started holding sham referendums in the occupied parts of Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhya, and Kherson oblasts on Sept. 23 to create an allegedly legal pretext for their annexation. The fake voting is supposed to last until Sept. 28.

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Ukraine and the vast majority of Western countries have declared they will never recognize the results of these sham referendums, which are conducted illegally, with falsifications and under armed pressure on the local population.

In particular, the G7 countries not only condemned the sham referendums, but also declared they would never recognize the annexation of Ukrainian territories if it were to take place. They also warned Russia about new sanctions.

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