Ukraine 'sham' referendum results point to Russia annexation

28/9/2022 2:51:00 AM

Ukraine 'sham' referendum results point to Russia annexation

Ukraine 'sham' referendum results point to Russia annexation

ZAPORIZHZHIA (Ukraine), Sept 28 ― Russian-installed officials in four occupied regions of Ukraine reported huge majorities of votes in favour of joining Russia as the United...

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Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022 7:15 AM MYT ZAPORIZHZHIA (Ukraine), Sept 28 ― Russian-installed officials in four occupied regions of Ukraine reported huge majorities of votes in favour of joining Russia as the United States planned a UN resolution condemning referendums as shams and Moscow remained defiant.Europe was investigating what Germany, Sweden and Denmark said yesterday were attacks that caused major leaks from two Russian energy pipelines.The Russian parliament could move to formalise the annexation within days.But it remained far from clear who might be behind the leaks.Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in an interview broadcast Sunday, confirmed reports that the United States has sent private warnings to Russia to steer clear of nuclear war.Hastily arranged votes took place over five days in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson to the south that together make up about 15 per cent of Ukrainian territory.US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday the US would respond to any Russian use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine and that it had spelled out to Moscow the"catastrophic consequences" it would face.Vote tallies from partial results yesterday ranged from 87 per cent to 98.- REUTERSPIX KYIV : The United States warned on Sunday of “catastrophic consequences” if Moscow uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine, after Russia’s foreign minister said regions holding widely-criticised referendums would get full protection if annexed by Moscow.

5 per cent in favour of joining Russia, according to Russia-appointed officials and Russian media.The United States will respond decisively," Sullivan told NBC 's"Meet the Press" television programme.And we’ve made that very clear,” Blinken said.The head of the upper house of the Russian parliament said the chamber might consider the incorporation of the four regions into Russia on October 4.Within the occupied territories, Russian-installed officials took ballot boxes from house to house in what Ukraine and the West said was an illegitimate, coercive exercise to create a legal pretext for Russia to annex the four regions.Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the point more directly at a news conference on Saturday after a speech to the UN General Assembly in New York in which he repeated Moscow's false claims to justify the invasion that the elected government in Kyiv was illegitimately installed and filled with neo-Nazis.“This farce in the occupied territories cannot even be called an imitation of a referendum,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly video address yesterday.The United States and its allies would “respond decisively,” Sullivan said on CBS’s Face the Nation.The United States announced it will introduce a resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling on member states not to recognise any change to Ukraine and also obligate Russia to withdraw its troops, envoy Linda Thomas-Greenfield said.'Bogus threats' Ukraine and its allies have dismissed the referendums as a sham designed to justify an escalation of the war and a mobilisation drive by Moscow after recent battlefield losses.S.

“Russia’s sham referenda, if accepted, will open a pandora’s box that we cannot close,” she said at a council meeting.Russia has the ability to veto a resolution in the Security Council, but Thomas-Greenfield said that would prompt Washington to take the issue to the UN General Assembly."We should not be listening to his sabre-rattling and his bogus threats.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, asked at a news conference Saturday at the United Nations about Putin’s comments, said only that Moscow’s doctrine “is an open document.“Any referenda held under these conditions, at the barrel of a gun, can never be remotely close to free or fair,” Britain's Deputy UN Ambassador James Kariuki said.Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vassily Nebenzia, did not directly address the resolution but told the meeting that the referendums were conducted transparently and upholding electoral norms.Russian news agencies quoted unidentified sources as saying the Russian parliament could debate bills to incorporate the new territories as soon as Thursday.“This process is going to continue if Kyiv does not recognise its mistakes and its strategic errors and doesn't start to be guided by the interests of its own people and not blindly carry out the will of those people who are playing them,” he said.— AFP Advertisement.S.

Nuclear sabre-rattling If Russia annexes the four Ukrainian regions, Russian President Vladimir Putin could then portray any Ukrainian attempt to recapture them as an attack on Russia itself.Russia says the referendums, hastily organised after Ukraine recaptured territory in a counter-offensive this month, enable people in those regions to express their view.He said last week he was willing to use nuclear weapons to defend the “territorial integrity” of Russia, and Putin ally Dmitry Medvedev, deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, issued a new nuclear warning on Tuesday to Ukraine and the West.But Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Zelensky, told Reuters that Kyiv would not be swayed by nuclear threats or by the annexation votes, and would press on with plans to retake all territory occupied by invading Russian forces.It would add to Crimea, an area nearly the size of Belgium that Russia claims to have annexed in 2014.Diplomats say the nuclear sabre-rattling is an attempt by Moscow to scare the West into reducing its support for Kyiv.For the first time Medvedev predicted that the Nato military alliance would not directly enter the Ukraine war even if Moscow struck Ukraine with nuclear weapons.Heavy fighting continued along the entire front, especially in northern Donetsk and in Kherson.Asked if Russia would have grounds for using nuclear weapons to defend annexed regions, Lavrov said Russian territory, including territory “further enshrined” in Russia’s constitution in the future, was under the “full protection of the state”.

Putin said on state TV the votes were designed to protect people from what he has called the persecution of ethnic Russians and Russian speakers by Ukraine, something Kyiv denies.“Saving people in all the territories where this referendum is being held is."This is the Donetsk region, this is our Kharkiv region...The general staff of the Ukrainian armed forces said in a statement on Facebook that Russia had launched four missile and seven air strikes and 24 instances of shelling on targets in Ukraine in the past 24 hours, hitting dozens of towns, including in and around the Donetsk and Kherson regions.the focus of attention of our entire society and country,” Putin said.Russian news agencies quoted unidentified sources as saying the Russian parliament could debate bills to incorporate the new territories as soon as Thursday.

He earlier discussed with officials the mobilisation of farmers to fight in Ukraine, the latest step in a campaign he announced last week to support what Moscow calls its “special military operation” after this month's battlefield reverses.Protests in Russia over draft Putin on Wednesday ordered Russia's first military mobilisation since World War Two.The mobilisation drive has sent thousands of Russians rushing to cross Russian borders into neighbouring countries.Nearly 66,000 Russians entered the European Union, mostly via Finland and Estonia, between Sept.Two of Russia's most senior lawmakers on Sunday addressed a string of complaints about the mobilisation, ordering regional officials to swiftly solve"excesses" stoking public anger.19 and 25, a 30 per cent increase from the previous week, the bloc's border agency Frontex said.Podolyak said Ukrainians who had helped Russia organise the annexation referendums would face treason charges and at least five years in jail.In Russia, where criticism of the conflict is banned, the demonstrations are among the first signs of discontent since the war began.“Representatives of the occupation forces are going from apartment to apartment with ballot boxes.

Ukrainians who were forced to vote would not be punished.Donetsk is top priority None of the four regions is fully under Moscow's control and there has been fighting along the entire front line, with Ukrainian forces reporting more advances since they routed Russian troops in a fifth province, Kharkiv, earlier this month.Zelenskiy acknowledged the protests in his video address.Fighting raged in various parts of Ukraine yesterday.Zelenskiy said the Donetsk region in the east remained his country's ― and Russia's ― top strategic priority, with “particularly severe” fighting engulfing several towns."Because if you come to take away the lives of our children — and I am saying this as a father — we will not let you get away alive.The general staff of Ukraine's military said late yesterday that Russian shelling hit seven towns in Donetsk including Bakhmut, the next Russian target in its slow advance through the region, and Soledar.President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who insists that Ukraine will regain all its territory, said on Sunday some of the clashes had yielded “positive results” for Kyiv.

Towns and villages around the coal centre of Avdiivka were also targets.The military said 20 towns in the Zaporizhzhia region in south-central Ukraine and 35 towns and villages in the Kherson region in the south were hit.Reuters could not immediately verify battlefield reports.― Reuters Advertisement.

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