Russia holds votes in occupied parts of Ukraine; Kyiv says residents coerced

9/24/2022 5:35:00 PM

The referendums are aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western nations which dismissed the votes as a sham and pledged not to recognize the results.

Russia launched referendums aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western nations who dismissed the votes as a sham and pledged not to recognize the results

The referendums are aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western nations which dismissed the votes as a sham and pledged not to recognize the results.

Referendums in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia Seen as paving the way for Russian escalation of war West and Ukraine denounce the votes as a sham Kyiv says residents forced to vote in sealed-off towns Zelenskiy says people in occupied areas should resist Russian mobilisation KYIV, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Russia launched referendums on Friday aimed at annexing four occupied regions of Ukraine, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western nations who dismissed the votes as a sham and pledged not to recognise their results.September 23, 2022 at 9:04 a.Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials there said.In the five-day voting in the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions and Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south that began Friday, election officials accompanied by police officers carried ballots to homes and set up mobile polling stations, citing safety reasons.

Ukrainian officials said people were banned from leaving some occupied areas until the four-day vote was over, armed groups were going into homes, and employees were threatened with the sack if they did not participate.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a nightly address that the votes would be "unequivocally condemned" by the world, along with the mobilisation Russia began this week, including in Crimea and other areas of Ukraine occupied by Russia.| UPDATED: September 23, 2022 at 9:04 a.Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.The vote, which asks residents if they want their regions to be part of Russia, is certain to go Moscow’s way.com Register "These are not just crimes against international law and Ukrainian law, these are crimes against specific people, against a nation," Zelenskiy said.By HANNA ARHIROVA KYIV, 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 attempt by Moscow to annex areas in the east and south after nearly seven months of war.The votes on becoming part of Russia were hastily-organised after Ukraine recaptured large swathes of the northeast in a counter-offensive earlier this month.A similar referendum took place in Crimea in 2014 before Moscow annexed it, a move that most of the world considered illegal.

With Russian President Vladimir Putin also announcing a military draft this week to enlist 300,000 troops to fight in Ukraine, the Kremlin appears to be trying to regain the upper hand in the grinding conflict since its Feb.Kharkiv region officials said a mass burial site in the eastern city of Izium contained hundreds of bodies, including at least 30 displaying signs of torture.The balloting will continue for five days through Tuesday.24 invasion.Zelenskiy also addressed people in parts of Ukraine occupied by Russia, and said they should resist efforts to mobilise them to fight.The voting overseen by Moscow-installed authorities, scheduled to run through Tuesday, is almost certain to go the Kremlin’s way."Hide from Russian mobilisation in any way you can.Russian anti-war activists, in the meantime, planned more protests against the mobilization.Avoid draft orders.A similar referendum took place in Crimea in 2014 before Moscow annexed it, a move that most of the world considered illegal..

Try to move to the territory of free Ukraine," he said, urging those who did end up in the Russian armed forces to "sabotage," "interfere" and pass on intelligence to Ukraine.By incorporating the four areas, Moscow could portray attacks to retake them as an attack on Russia itself - potentially using that to justify even a nuclear response.Russian state TV on Friday morning showed teams of election officials going to residential neighborhood, with one such group accompanied by a masked police officer carrying an assault rifle.Polls also opened in Russia, where refugees from the occupied regions can cast their votes.Putin and other Russian officials have mentioned nuclear weapons as an option in extremis: a terrifying prospect in a war that has already killed tens of thousands of people, uprooted millions and pummelled the global economy.Voting in the provinces of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the east and southeast, representing about 15% of Ukrainian territory, was due to run from Friday to Tuesday.“The Russians see an overwhelming reluctance and fear to attend the referendum and are forced to bring people … to create an image and an illusion of the vote,” he said."Today, the best thing for the people of Kherson would be not to open their doors," said Yuriy Sobolevsky, the displaced first deputy council chairman of Kherson region.” Valentina Matviyenko, chair of Russia's upper parliament house, said that residents of the occupied regions were voting for “life or death” at the referendums.Some media reports claimed that the Russian authorities actually plan to mobilize more than 1 million, the allegations denied by the Kremlin.

In the Donetsk region, the turnout on Friday was 23.” Polls also opened in Russia, where refugees and other residents from those regions could vote.6%, Tass cited a local official as saying.Over 20.” Vyacheslav Volodin, the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, addressed the regions in an online statement, saying: “If you decide to become part of the Russian Federation, we will support you.“Because you were silent.5% of voters eligible to vote in the Zaporizhzhia region and 15% of those in the Kherson region voted on Friday, Russia's Interfax news agency reported, citing local electoral officials."In our view, that's enough for the first day of voting," the head of Kherson's Russian-installed election commission, Marina Zakharova, was quoted as saying.Serhii Haidai accused Russian officials of taking down the names of people who voted against it.Thousands others fled by car, creating lines of traffic hours or even days long at some borders.

Polling stations were also set up in Moscow, for residents of those regions now living in Russia.For men in Russia, this is a choice to die or live, to become a cripple or to preserve health.Flag-waving government supporters attended rallies in Moscow and St.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy only briefly mentioned the “sham” referendums in an address in which he switched from speaking Ukrainian to Russian to directly tell Russian citizens they were being “thrown to their deaths.Petersburg in favour of the referendums and the war effort.'TOTAL VIOLATION' Serhiy Gaidai, Ukraine's Luhansk governor, said that in the town of Starobilsk, the population was banned from leaving and people were being forced out of homes to vote.“Because you were silent.On Friday morning, pro-Russia officials in the Zaporizhzhia region reported a loud blast in the center of Melitopol, a city that Moscow captured early on in the war.In the town of Bilovodsk, a company director told employees voting was compulsory and anyone refusing to take part would be fired and their names given to security services, he added.

1/6 People visit a polling station located in the Don State Technical University on the second day of a referendum on the joining of Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine to Russia, in Rostov-on-Don, Russia September 24, 2022.And now it’s time for you to choose.REUTERS/Sergei Pivovarov Read More Reuters could not immediately verify reports of coercion.Ukrainian officials, in turn, reported new rounds of Russian shelling in various parts of the country.Ukraine, Western leaders and the United Nations condemned the votes as an illegitimate precursor to illegal annexation.For women in Russia, the choice is to lose their husbands, sons, grandchildren forever, or still try to protect them from death, from war, from one person.There are no independent observers, and much of the pre-war population has fled.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking in Ottawa, decried the "fake referendums" and said Russia "is now in total violation of the UN Charter, of its principles, of its values, of everything that the UN stands for.Kharkiv regional Gov.——— Follow the AP’s coverage of the war at https://apnews.

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Do you think Russia cares about your recognition? Be ready for the winter punishment that Russia is going to inflict on you. Ukrainians went to cast their votes and they want to join Russia not any other part of west. Mexico is doing the same thing to America They are by definition invalid under international law--get your framing right.

Fake outrage from hypocrites. Kosovo....among others Close up shot! What you’re doing is not journalism. Iran’s authorities are using ambulances to transport their repressive forces also to transport detainees and protesters to Unknown Locations. Please condemn this unethical filthy abuse of Ambulances. There are several videos confirming the fact also many eyewitnesses. mahsaamini

A Russian organised referendum in partially occupied sovereign Ukraine certainly will be condemned by the free Western democracies. SlavaUkrainii 🌻 Illegal activity, and no one should even call it a 'referendum' since it is not. This is an attack on democracy. These people should be ashamed for denying election results. Our democracy is in grave threat.

Yes we should 100% believe Reuters. This you? How comes western media weren’t allowed to visit this mass grave site, Sorry I mean the cemetery? And Amnesty not allowed to access the site? Oh and why the Amnesty CEO on the Ukrainian/NATO hit list?

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…

Not reporting. Being a stenographer for Russia makes you unreadable. 'It's not Kosovo, so not ok.' - NATOmedia based and Russiapilled Fake and a fraud vote So when will Moscow vote to be a part of Ukraine Lol. There's no such thing as real voting under communist control anywhere! Only fvckin bullshittt good thing world map now is televised around the world no matter what russia do they cannot get ukraine land its already nailed in world map that its ukraine

Ukraine is shelling civilians in Donetsk. ZelenskyyUa and his Nazi military regime are committing war crimes against Russian Ukrainian civilians. Why is Canada sending support to these criminals? JustinTrudeau BobRae48 RussiaUkraineWar I still don't understand how this part of international politics works, Ukraine broke away from Russia but others can't break away from Ukraine, can someone please elaborate?

Sham shame No, Russia did not launch 'referendums.' 'Votes' recorded at gunpoint are not 'referendums.' How fucking dare you spread Russian lies.

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. No importa cuan sólo, incomprendido y desplazado te sientas. No sólo Dios está contigo, también lo estoy yo, para Amarte sinceramente y Vivificarte x medio de su Espíritu. Hay una esperanza Verdadera, a la q estamos llamados, la Vida Eterna. Resiste al mundo en Cristo y Vencerás. 11:38 🇪🇺ECB's supports 75 bps rate hike in October Bank of Latvia Governor and European Central Bank(ECB) governing council member Martins Kazaks shared on Friday that he would back a three-quarter of a percentage point interest rate increase at the central bank October meeting.

Did Russia literally launch the referendums? Cause this headline seems very problematic tbh. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that the votes would be ‘unequivocally condemned’ by the world Why cover this as “referendum”? This is an occupied state forced to support Russian expansion! There, I fixed it for you! This should be your headline! “Ukrainians forced to vote on Russian territory expansion” please do better next time.. Smdh

Dear Reuters, I am so proud of UKRANIAN CITIZENS, they want the end of these continues WAR game of Russia- Ukraine, Ukraine- Russia: 2008, 2014, 2022. I thought and I put myself in their shoes. THE END IS IN THE UKRANIANS PEOPLE's HANDS. If I was Ukrainian, I will be voting too Like they care what the west says

Can those that fled the invasion vote too how about those the Russians murdered?

Russians strike Ukraine as Kremlin-staged votes continueRussian forces have launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities as Kremlin-orchestrated votes continue in occupied regions of Ukraine to pave the way for their annexation by Moscow. The votes are rejected as a sham by the West. You sound like an election denier. The west rejected the votes. Shocking You're truly awful people

Moscow-held regions of Ukraine in ‘sham’ vote to join RussiaVoting began Friday in Moscow-held regions of Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials there said. Speaking of sham votes….. More propaganda. There’s actually no evidence of widespread voter fraud and this is misinformation

Moscow-held regions of Ukraine vote whether to join RussiaVoting began Friday in Moscow-held regions of Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials there said. I’ll bet I know how the results will turn out. Concealment ratings from left to right: L: Uniform: 2/5 Placement: 4/5 Mid: Uniform: 5/5 Placement: 1/5 R: Uniform: 5/5 Placement: 5/5 We have our winner.... This is a joke because all of the citizens against it evacuated