Voting has already started in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia

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The voting process will last until September 27. Russia has called on the people to vote “free” and “fear nothing”. Still, Kiev assures that there will be “no legal act called a referendum” in the occupied territories.

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This Friday started referendum to determine possible accession to Russia in the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, and in the Russian-occupied Ukrainian regions of Kherson and Zaporizhia.

Voting started at 8:00 am (7:00 am in Euskal Herria) and will continue until 4:00 pm, something that will continue in the coming days and until September 27when the process will end.

Pro-Russian authorities in Kherson have said they expect 750,000 people to vote, compared to 500,000 in the Zaporizhzhya census, Russia’s TASS news agency said. Similarly, Russia has opened polling stations in several cities to allow refugees to vote.

In both areas, participants must answer a question: “Are you in favor of the region leaving Ukraine, establishing an independent state and becoming part of Russia?”

In the case of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics, voters will have to decide whether to “the accession of the republic to Russia as a constituent entity of the Russian Federation.”

Ukraine and the international community, against

Kiev defended this Friday that it will not take place “No legal act called a referendum” in the occupied territories, adding that all that exists is a “propaganda show” at the service of recruiting soldiers for war.

The Ukrainian parliament on Wednesday issued the statement of inadmissibility of referendums of accession to Russia proposed by the pro-Russian authorities in these regions.

The pro-Russian authorities in Crimea already held a referendum on joining Russia in 2014, legitimizing Putin to annex the peninsula, a move not recognized by the international community.

NATO, for its part, has reaffirmed that it will not recognize the outcome of the votes, because “they have no legitimacy” and a “violation of the United Nations Charter”. In this sense, the alliance has called on “all states” to reject these attempts at “territorial conquest” by Russia, stressing that the regions of Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya are “Ukraine”.

A “partial mobilization”

Russian President Putin stated in a speech to the nation this Wednesday announcing: “partial mobilization” of the population for the war in Ukraine that Moscow would recognize the outcome of these referendums. “We will do everything possible to provide security conditions so that referendums are held and the population expresses its will,” he said.

The president added that he will “support the decision on his future, which will be taken by the majority of residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and the Zaporizhia and Kherson regions.”

This Friday, the President of the Russian State Duma, Viacheslav Volodin, spoke to this effect and asked the people of these regions to “free vote” and that “fear of nothing”.

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Source: EITB

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