The referendums on annexation to Russia continue in the four Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, already under partial or total control of the Moscow forces. Condemning Biden, Zelenky: “Save your lives and help us weaken and destroy the occupiers.”
Referendums on annexation to Russia continue in the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, under the partial or total control of Moscow forces.
Voting, which began yesterday, Friday 23 September, will continue for 5 days until 27.
In the Donetsk region, voter turnout on Friday was 23.6 percent, Russian state news agency Tass said. According to Interfax, which cited local officials, more than 20.5% of voters eligible to vote in the Zaporizhzhia region and 15% of those in the Kherson region had committed crimes at the polls in the past 24 hours.
“In our opinion, these percentages are sufficient for the first day of voting,” commented Marina Zakharova, head of the Kherson Electoral Commission.
Ukrainian citizens forced to vote in referendums by the Russians
There is no lack of controversy.
Serhiy Gaidai, Ukrainian governor of Luhansk, said that in the city of Starobilsk, the population was forced to leave their homes to vote in the referendum.
In the city of Bilovodsk, a company director allegedly told employees that voting was mandatory and that anyone who refused to participate would be fired and their name would be given to the security services. However, Reuters and other international news agencies could not independently verify this information.
In addition, it seems that the electoral officials went house to house to collect the votes, taking the ballot boxes with them, as confirmed by some videos circulated on social networks, reports the BBC.
The condemnation of the international community
The referendums that are taking place in the four Ukrainian regions under Russian control will not be recognized by the majority of the international community.
This was reiterated, among others, by US President Joe Biden, according to whom the United States, like any country that respects the basic principles of the United Nations Charter, will reject the results of the “farce referendum“, promising new economic sanctions ” fast and severe “to punish the organization of voting.
Even Turkey, through the spokesman of the presidency Ibrahim Kalin said: “We do not consider the unilateral referendum attempts to be correct. We recognize the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian people and state. We are with Ukraine” ..
Zelensky’s appeal: “Sabotage farce referendums“
Ukrainian President Zelensky, on the other hand, has launched an appeal to “sabotage” the Russian army from the inside to compatriots living in areas of the country under Moscow’s control.
Reiterating that the referendums in progress in Donbass, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia are “bogus”, Zelensky – in his usual nocturnal speech – made a “simple request” to the Ukrainians who are “in the temporarily occupied territory: save your lives. and help us to weaken and destroy the occupiers. Hide from the Russian mobilization by any means. Avoid the draft and try to reach the free territory of Ukraine – continued the Ukrainian president -. But if you join the Russian army, sabotage any activity of the enemy, obstruct any Russian operation, provide us with any important information on the occupiers: on their bases, headquarters and ammunition depots “.
Missiles on Zaporizhzhia: there are casualties
Meanwhile, the fighting on the field does not stop.
A Russian missile hit a residential building in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine in the past few hours, as reported on Telegram by the interim mayor Anatoliy Kurtiev and reported by Ukrinform, killing an unspecified number of people.
“Following an enemy attack in Zaporizhia, a residential building was damaged. There are casualties,” wrote the mayor. The emergency health services are at work on the site of the raid.
Yesterday a drone attack also occurred in Odessa, two victims. Two drones destroyed an administrative building in the port area, and another was shot down by the Ukrainian armed forces; according to the mayor of the city on the Black Sea, Gennadiy Trukhanov, 4 residential buildings were damaged.