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Ukraine: Moscow organizes referendums on joining Russia in the occupied areas


Published on: 09/23/2022 – 17:36 Referendums on joining Russia began on Friday in four regions of Ukraine controlled by Moscow and pro-Russian separatist forces. Consultations condemned by Westerners who see it as a disguised annexation. Ukraine, which claims military advances in the east, has warned that it will not recognize the results of those votes which lasts until Tuesday. Referendums for annexation by Russia began on Friday, September 23, in four regions of Ukraine controlled entirely or in part by Moscow, while kyiv claimed new advances by its army in the east of the country. These polls are described as “simulacra” by kyiv and the West and which, moreover, mark a major escalation of the conflict. International criticism has not prevented Moscow from pursuing its referendum plans in Ukraine. Voting, which began at 5 a.m. GMT, will end on September 27 in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk (east), and in areas under Russian occupation in the regions of Kherson and Zaporizhya (south). announced in an emergency this week against the backdrop of Ukrainian military successes, is notably carried out door-to-door, according to Russian media images. Authorities said it was a security measure. Russian television repeatedly broadcast images of voters voting in mobile ballot boxes in halls or building courtyards. Hundreds of polling stations must be opened in the four territories, and others in Russia to allow displaced people to vote. “We hope that after the referendum, they will stop bombing us, that we will have peace and order,” Vladimir Chotov, originally from the Luhansk region and who came to vote at the Donetsk representation in Moscow, told AFP. Without going so far as to denounce the ballots, China, Moscow’s closest partner, is there. all the same went from his criticism, calling for respect for territorial integrity. A sign of this approach, a surprise meeting took place on Friday in New York between the Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, and his Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kouleba .Many Russians are fleeing their countryThe polls were decided after the dazzling Ukrainian counter-offensive in early September, which allowed the resumption of the Kharkiv region in the northeast, and which kyiv wants to continue towards Luhansk, Donetsk and Kherson .Friday, Ukraine claimed the capture of Yatskivka on the eastern bank of the Oskil River in the Donetsk region (east), which seems to confirm the continued advance of Kyiv forces. She also says she has advanced south of Bakhmout, a locality in the east that the Russian army has been trying to take for months without success. the immediate mobilization of at least 300,000 reservists. He also threatened to use nuclear weapons. >> To read also: Ukraine: the Russian “partial mobilization”, phantom threat of Vladimir Putin? On images broadcast on social networks and claiming to show the mobilization in a locality of Yakutia, in Siberia, men with closed faces kissed their relatives before boarding a bus. In another video posted by the popular Telegram channel, Mash, a line of men can be seen standing in front of a troop transport plane on a tarmac at night. Others stood given a summons after being arrested during demonstrations against the mobilization on Wednesday. “I was expecting the usual (procedures): the arrest, the police station, the court. But being told: ‘Tomorrow you are going to the war’, (…) that was a surprise”, told AFP Mikhail Suetin, 29, who refused to sign the document. The announcement of the mobilization also convinced many Russians to leave the country, without being able to quantify the extent of the phenomenon led. Kazakhstan border guards reported an influx at the Russian-Kazakh border and assured that the situation “was under special control”. A person interviewed by AFP on condition of anonymity said he waited in line for eight hours to enter Kazakhstan, another twelve hours to reach Mongolia. Finland reported a doubling of entries at the Russian border from mobilization announcement. Friday evening, the country announced that it will take measures to limit “significantly” the entry of Russian citizens on its soil, after having already divided by ten the tourist visas granted. With AFP



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