No one escapes the referendum. Russians close cities and search houses, force Ukrainians to vote St

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Peter Kavinsky


Today, it would be best for the residents of Kherson not to open the doors, Yury Sobolevskyi, the Ukrainian mayor of the Kherson Oblast Council, said on the Telegram platform.

According to Serhii Hajday, head of Ukraine’s Luhansk region, people are being forced to float bits of pepper without privacy in the kitchens and courtyards of residential houses, while the cities are closed so they can’t leave and avoid the polls, Reuters wrote.

In the city of Starobilsk, pro-Russian forces and doter have banned residents from leaving the city and sent armed groups to search houses and force people to support the referendum, Hajdaj said.

Voting took place in the self-proclaimed pro-Russian Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR), the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR), and the Russian-occupied regions of Chersonsk and Zporosk.

Residents of different parts of Ukraine who are now in Russia can also vote, but according to Russian internet sources, there is confusion about where to vote. The referendum should last five days.

For the first three days, election commissions will visit local residents’ homes, the independent server Meduza and the Russian-language BBC website described. According to them, the polling stations will be opened on the last day. The occupied Ady explained this decision by fearing for the safety of residents, many of whom will have to vote in settlements near the front lines.

According to the buyer, in the DNR and LNR, the ballot papers contain a single question whether or not to become a member of the Russian Federation, which can be answered with a yes or no. In the Chersonsk and Zporosk regions, the questions can be answered whether the voter is in favor of secession from Ukraine, the creation of an independent state and accession to the Russian Federation.

Invalid Consequences

The Russian agency TASS reported on Friday that the referendum in the DNR was not attended by a press observer, but there is no independent international observer among them.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which oversees the electoral process, said the results would not be valid from the first point of view, as they violate Ukrainian laws and internationally first, take place in areas where no security and not partying, are not hanged by an observer.

Kiev and its fallen allies immediately declared the referendum a fraud. Their representative stated that they do not recognize the results, considering them as just a move by Moscow to illegally annex another Ukrainian country.

According to Mykhailo Podoljak, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidential office, this is not a legal referendum, but just a propaganda show for mobilization.

Russia claims that the referendums are an opportunity for residents of the region to express their views. It is widely believed that the official results support the annexation to Russia. According to CNN, Hajdaj stated Friday that Russia will calculate the outcome, which will benefit him. Population pattern doesn’t matter, he said.

Propagandistic Videos

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s Unian agency wrote that pro-Russian forces brought a crowd from the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed in 2014, to occupied Melitopol in the Zporosk region to film propaganda clips and rally popular support for the referendum on accession Russia.

She pointedly referred to the exiled mayor of the city, Ivan Fedorov, according to whom the occupiers filmed a report a few days ago, supported the people on the streets for Russia, spoke with an accent and were not from Melitopol. In addition, according to Fedorov, first of all, it seems that residents of Melitopol do not open their apartments to ordinary people and do not respond to their calls. This will confirm that this referendum is a fraud, Fedorov said.

The Kremlin has carried out a series of actions in the Ukrainian countries under its control that have sparked deep skepticism about the demise of the polls’ legitimacy, Radio Free Europe (RFE/RL) wrote on its website. Moscow will issue Russian passports to Ukrainian citizens in the DNR and LNR this summer.

Since the start of the invasion, according to Western estimates, the Kremlin has deported about 1.6 million Ukrainian citizens to Russia and brought buses of Russian citizens directly to the Ukrainian country through stations. Moscow also captured the personal and biometric data of hundreds of Ukrainians in the so-called filter camps it built after the invasion, which experts say opens up scope for ballot manipulation.

Russia has only a short history of free and fair elections, on the contrary, for example, there are false voting tricks and voters are intimidated, RFE/RL noted.


Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at

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