Ukraine, referendum for annexation to Russia is underway

In the provinces of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. Zelensky to the Russians: “Protest against mobilization”

The provinces of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, which represent about 15 percent of the territory of Ukraine, are preparing today to hold referendums for accession to Russia. The polls will remain open until 27 September. Ukraine and its allies in the international community have already spoken of a farce referendum, making it clear that they will not be recognized legally and politically.

The vote will take place “door to door and in communities for security reasons,” Tass wrote on the eve of the vote. Fights are underway in these regions, Ukrainian forces are advancing on the territory, part of the population has fled and the other is under Russian military occupation. The referendums will also try to get minors aged 13-17 to vote, including children from orphanages, to increase the number of voters, according to the Ukrainian security services, cited by Ukrainska pravda. “In order to strengthen control over turnout, minors will have to be accompanied to the seats by their parents, guardians or representatives of the so-called orphanages of the temporarily occupied territories”, report the Ukrainian services.

As if it were a normal election, TASS listed the numbers of seats set up in Ukraine, adding that it will also be possible to vote in Russia. In the self-proclaimed republic of Donetsk, they say, 1.5 million ballots have been printed, while in the regions of Zaphorzhzhia and Kherson there are respectively 500,000 and 750,000 people on the register of voters. The agency also publishes surveys that predict high attendance, between 72% and 87%. To complete the fiction, we talk about the presence of international observers, without however mentioning numbers or countries of origin.

Tass also stressed that local authorities are taking security measures due to the threat of Ukrainian bombing. And there is talk of policemen who will accompany election officials in door-to-door operations.

New sanctions on Russia

New sanctions on Russia will soon arrive. The political message, clear, was launched both by the President of the EU Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, “we are ready to impose further economic costs on Russia”, and by the EU High Representative Josep Borrell, “we will study and adopt new measures restrictive, both personal and sectoral “. A reaction considered necessary after the escalation wanted by Vladimir Putin with the mobilization and the announcement of the referendums for the annexation of the occupied areas in Ukraine.


Meanwhile, an appeal to “protest” against the partial mobilization, ordered by President Vladimir Putin, was addressed to the Russians in a video message from the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky. “Fifty-five thousand Russian soldiers have died in these six months of war. Tens of thousands are wounded and maimed. Do you want more? No? Then protest. React,” Zelensky said, pointing out that the only options Russian soldiers have to survive they are “run away or surrender”.


The referendums on annexation to Russia to be held in the Donbass, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, are a response to President Zelensky’s call for Russians to leave Ukraine. “The apotheosis was an interview given by Mr. Zelensky on August 5 last year in which he advised all those who feel Russian to go to Russia for the sake of their children and grandchildren,” Lavrov said. adding that the recent referendum decisions “are a response to his wish (by Zelensky, ed.)”.

“The objective of the Western states is obvious, they do not hide it and they declare it: to prolong hostilities as much as possible, despite the victims and destruction, in order to exhaust and weaken Russia”, Lavrov said, speaking at the Security Council of the Un.

“Such a line means the direct involvement of Western countries in the Ukrainian conflict, makes them participate – added according to reports from Tass – Even the deliberate incitement to this conflict by the collective West remains unpunished”.

At the UN, on the sidelines of the General Assembly, Lavrov met the Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, as reported on telegram by the Russian Foreign Ministry, which also posted a photo of the handshake.

The protests

News of protests against the mobilization of reservists, to go and fight in Ukraine, come from the Russian republic of Dagestan in the Caucasus region. Two videos are shown on the Guardian website, one showing a column of cars blocking a freeway in Babaiurt in protest, the other a heated exchange between a group of men and a recruiting officer. The woman declares that we must fight to defend the future, but a man replies: “We don’t even have a present, what future are you talking about?”.