In Seized Parts of Ukraine, Moscow Stages Balloting on Joining Russia

9/24/2022 8:30:00 AM

Under coercive conditions, with most residents gone and war still raging, Russia is putting on what it calls referendums on annexation but Ukraine and its allies call an illegal farce.

Videos posted by local residents and Kremlin-controlled news media displayed a hastily organized and inconsistent show of voting in tense cities and towns, with no ballot secrecy and soldiers looking on.

Under coercive conditions, with most residents gone and war still raging, Russia is putting on what it calls referendums on annexation but Ukraine and its allies call an illegal farce.

447 bodies had been exhumed from the site in Izium, including 425 civilians, five of them children.asking people to vote on whether they want to join Russia in an effort to legitimize its annexation of the regions.The votes are being held in the Luhansk, Kherson and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions.that they could face the death penalty.

“Wherever the Russian tide recedes, we discover the horror that’s left in its wake,” Secretary of State Antony J.Blinken said at the United Nations on Thursday.Alexey Pavlishak/Reuters A woman casts her ballot during the first day of a referendum on the joining of Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine to Russia, in Sevastopol, Crimea, Sept.President Vladimir V.Oleh Synyehubov and the region’s police chief, Volodymyr Tymoshko, told reporters in Izium that three more grave sites have been located in areas retaken by Ukrainian forces.Putin of Russia announced the call-up of civilians on Wednesday, a tacit admission that the Russian military, which had been widely predicted to steamroll Ukrainian resistance when the invasion began, is faltering.The referendums, announced three days ago, will be held for five days, with in person voting taking place on Tuesday.It has suffered heavy losses and recently given up significant territory it had captured, particularly in northeastern Ukraine.Fifty-five Russian fighters were freed in exchange, along with Viktor Medvedchuk, a pro-Kremlin Ukrainian opposition politician who has such warm relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Putin is believed to be the godfather to Medvedchuk’s daughter.

Mr.Russia had previously done this in Crimea in 2014, but this vote is expected to have even less legitimacy.Human Rights Council also presented evidence Friday of crimes including beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity in Russian detention facilities, as well as executions in the regions of Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv and Sumy.Putin had tried hard to shield most Russians from the effects of the war — a majority said in surveys that they were paying little attention to it — and preserve a sense of life as usual.The conscription news marked in that facade.US has been warning Russia privately about consequences of using nuclear weapons Link Share to Twitter Email this article The United States has been sending private warnings to Moscow about the consequences of using nuclear weapons, a U.Image Construction workers lining up to get their ballots to vote during a referendum on Friday in Mariupol in the Donetsk region, controlled by Russia-backed separatists.The balloting will continue for five days through Tuesday.Credit.official told ABC News.Ankara also played a key role in brokering a breakthrough deal this summer that allowed for the resumption of grain exports after Russia’s naval blockage of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, but thus far Erdogan has been unable to secure a direct meeting between Putin and Zelensky.

..N.As the votes were getting underway in the occupied regions, Russian social media sites were full of dramatic scenes of tearful families bidding farewell to men departing from military mobilization centers.Associated Press He and other top officials also suggested that Russia could use nuclear weapons in the conflict, particularly after annexation of Ukrainian territory, when it would call any enemy action there an attack on Russian soil.“This is not a bluff,” Mr.The warnings have been vague, a deliberate strategy designed to keep Kremlin officials guessing on what the U.Putin said in a speech to the nation on Wednesday.Election officials will be bringing ballots to people’s homes and setting up makeshift polling stations near residential buildings during the first four days of the referendums, according to Russian-installed officials in the occupied regions, who cited safety reasons.government has expressed gratitude to the crown prince for his efforts in securing the two Americans’ release, but relations between the two countries remain strained over Saudi Arabia’s record on human rights and, notably, over Mohammed’s suspected role orchestrating the plot to kill Saudi American journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But in an interview on Friday, Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, insisted that the threat was empty bluster.response would actually be in the event of a nuclear strike, according to The Washington Post , which was the first to report on the private warnings.“If you really want to use some kind of weapon, you will do it and you will not talk about it again and again,” he said.The Kremlin has insisted that only men with military experience and particular skills are being called up, but anecdotal reports make clear that is not true, and that some people years — even decades — past the usual draft age have been included.-ABC News' Sarah Kolinovsky Zelenskyy: Russian citizens being 'thrown to [their] death' with mobilization Link Share to Twitter Email this article Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke directly to Russian citizens in his latest nightly address in response to President Vladimir Putin's partial mobilization of troops to fight in Ukraine.Denis Pushilin, separatist leader of Moscow-backed authorities in the Donetsk region, called the referendum on Friday “a historical milestone.It is also clear that the conscription is concentrated more heavily in poorer, outlying areas, including those populated by ethnic minorities, than in the major western cities that are home to Russia’s elite.The call-up has prompted protests in many cities, with some protesters being handed draft notices in retaliation.22, 2022.Advertisement A senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive diplomacy, said, “It is telling Putin elected to trade his crony and one of his long-term proxies in Ukraine, Medvedchuk, for the heroes of Mariupol,” calling the move further evidence of how the Russian leader prioritizes himself over the interests of the Russian people.

It has also spurred some draft-eligible men to book flights out of the country ; it is not clear why the government was allowing them to leave, or what efforts it was making to prevent them.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy only briefly mentioned the “sham referenda” in his nightly address in which he switched from speaking in Ukrainian to Russian to directly tell Russian citizens they are being “thrown to their deaths.On Friday, the Kremlin announced new draft exemptions, apparently in response to complaints from major businesses that they risked losing vital workers." To those who are silent,"You are accomplices in all these crimes, murders and torture of Ukrainians," he said, wearing a black T-shirt that said in English:"We Stand with Ukraine.The Ministry of Defense said that people with certain jobs in banking, information technology and telecommunications would be exempt.Organizations representing software developers and air traffic controllers requested exemptions for their members." Russian foreign minister accuses Ukraine, West of falsely changing the 'narrative' of the war Link Share to Twitter Email this article In an address to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov fought back against what he described as a"propaganda operation" by Ukraine and its Western allies to change the"narrative" in the war.Because you are silent.Reporting was contributed by.Advertisement Drueke’s aunt said her nephew has not yet shared many details with his family about how his captors treated him and Huynh.

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It is a foregone conclusion that 11 out of every 10 votes will be for joining Russia Rhetorical overkill, NYT! It’s revolting how the western media is already questioning the validity of the voting process…

Russia-Ukraine live updates: US privately warns Russia against using nuclear weaponsSome of the first reservists called to Ukraine for Putin's just-announced partial mobilization are seen off by their families and loved ones. Soviet boot camp. Remember 80% of Russians supported the killing and torture happening in Ukraine by Russian Soldiers. Don’t feel sorry for them, they will help the Sun Flowers grow. Poor dudes are leaving to go die. Russian ethnicity on the way to becoming extinct.

Moscow-Held Regions of Ukraine in 'Sham' Vote to Join RussiaThe Kremlin-orchestrated referendums, which have been widely denounced by Ukraine and the West as shams without any legal force, are seen as a step toward annexing the territories by Russia.

Americans in Russia-Ukraine prisoner swap wondered if death was nearU.S. military veterans Alexander Drueke and Andy Tai Huynh were released Wednesday as part of a prisoner exchange between the governments in Kyiv and Moscow, an agreement as stunning as it was sprawling. Is that all they said? Quit cutting out news just to fit your propaganda two men who sacrified a lot in pursuit of a just cause. glad to see they're free and wishing them a quick recovery Receiving €9,000 after investing €1000, this is what I never expected. Thanks for putting smile on my face jane_leslie_

Occupied Ukraine holds Kremlin-staged vote on joining RussiaKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Voting began Friday on whether occupied regions of Ukraine should become part of Russia, in referendums that Kyiv and the West condemned as an illegitimate and rigged att…

Blinken calls out Russia for 'sham referenda' to annex parts of Ukraine and 'reckless nuclear threats'At a meeting between top diplomats from the US, Russia and Ukraine, Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a tough message to Russia and world powers that 'reckless nuclear threats must stop immediately.' The Democrat clown show continues Remember in 2014 when Luhansk and Donetsk voted for independence (96% & 89%) but then Ukraine began 8 years of bombing the hell out of them? “Tough message” LMAO. Your first problem is thinking Russia is at all intimidated by your pussy threats. They’re laughing at you

Moscow-held regions of Ukraine in 'sham' vote to join RussiaKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Voting began in Russian-held regions of Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia, Moscow-backed officials there said Friday as Ukrainian and United Nations officials reported evidence of war crimes during the nearly seven-month war in the country. Azov war crimes? ok Bodies exhumed in Ukraine… and now a Putin fake referendum? What a tragedy of an unjust war!