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Russia clears the way for Ukraine’s occupation, claims majority in the referendum, where will Putin take the war now?

Kyiv/Moscow : Kremlin officials sent to Russian-occupied Ukrainian territories claim that people voted overwhelmingly in favor of becoming part of Russia in a five-day vote of the ‘referendum’. The voting has been condemned by Kyiv and its allies as illegal and hypocritical. Voting was held in four regions, Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Kherson. These four cities together make up 15 percent of Ukrainian territory. Luhansk officials say 98.4 percent of people voted to join Russia. A Russian official in Zaporizhia put the figure at 93.1 percent. At the same time, the voting committee in Kherson has claimed 87 percent votes in favor of Russia.

The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, said that 99.2 percent of the population voted in favor of becoming part of Russia, Al Jazeera reported. Officials of the four cities say that the counting of ballots has been completed. In the occupied areas, ballot boxes have been taken from door to door of the people and votes have been taken. Ukraine and its allies have declared it illegal. Now Putin can see Ukraine’s recapture of some of his own territory as an attack on Russia.

Zelensky addresses UNSC
Last week Vladimir Putin said he was ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russian territory in Ukraine. After voting was completed, the United Nations Security Council held a session on the referendum in New York. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the institution virtually. He said that before the eyes of the whole world, Russia is conducting an alleged plebiscite in the territories occupied by Ukraine. He said that some documents are being forcibly made from people at gunpoint.

pressurized votes
Mariupol Mayor Vadim Boishenko said only 20 percent of the nearly 100,000 residents in Donetsk voted in the referendum. In the five-day vote in Russian-controlled territory, people were asked whether they wanted their territory to be included in Russia. If reports are to be believed, this vote is not considered fair and free in any case because thousands of residents of the area have fled due to the war and people living there are currently being pressured by armed Russian soldiers to vote from house to house. Huh.

What now after Russia’s victory in the referendum?
After the results of the voting, Russia will immediately see these areas as its share. At a press conference in New York on Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the entire territory of Russia, which is already or may be formally included in our country’s constitution, will definitely be provided with full protection. All laws, principles and strategies of the Russian Federation are applicable in its territory. Ukrainians living in Russian-occupied territories were worried that they might be forcibly recruited into the army. Ukraine’s National Resistance Center said in a statement last week that it was clear that after the referendum, the enemy would also announce mobilization in occupied territories because it needed human resources.



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