Russians strike Ukraine as Kremlin-staged votes continue

9/24/2022 11:34:00 AM

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes continued in occupied regions of Ukraine to pave the way for their annexation by Moscow.

Russian 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.

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes continued in occupied regions of Ukraine to pave the way for their annexation by Moscow.

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.September 23, 2022 at 9:04 a.Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order of a partial mobilization of reservists , which could add about 300,000 Russian troops to the fight.Zelenskyy aide: Ukraine needs funds, expand Russia sanctions 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.

The votes are set to wrap up Tuesday when balloting will be held at polling stations.The voting was also was held in Russia, where refugees and other residents of those regions cast ballots.| UPDATED: September 23, 2022 at 9:04 a.Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow will heed the residents’ will, a clear indication that the Kremlin is poised to quickly annex the regions once the voting is over.That would give Russia the pretext to claim that attempts by Ukrainian forces to regain control are attacks on Russia itself, dramatically escalating the war.Ukraine and the West said the vote was an illegitimate attempt by Moscow to slice away a large part of the country, stretching from the Russian border to the Crimean Peninsula.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.A similar referendum took place in Crimea in 2014 before Moscow annexed it, a move that most of the world considered illegal.” 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.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Ukrainians in occupied regions to undermine the referendums and to share information about the people conducting “this farce.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.Russian anti-war activists, in the meantime, planned more protests against the mobilization.” He also urged Ukrainians to avoid being called up in the Russian mobilization announced Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT “But if you do end up in the Russian army, then sabotage any enemy activity, interfere with any Russian operations, give us all important information about the occupiers.The voting overseen by Moscow-installed authorities, scheduled to run through Tuesday, is almost certain to go the Kremlin’s way..Polls also opened in Russia, where refugees from the occupied regions can cast their votes..A similar referendum took place in Crimea in 2014 before Moscow annexed it, a move that most of the world considered illegal.Ukrainian officials, in turn, reported new rounds of Russian shelling in various parts of the country.

.And at the first opportunity, switch to our positions,” he said in his nightly address.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.” ADVERTISEMENT 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.Russia’s Defense Ministry said that a partial mobilization ordered by Putin aimed to add about 300,000 troops, but the presidential decree keeps the door open for a broader call-up.Across Russa’s 11 time zones, men hugged their weeping family members before being rounded up for service amid fears that a wider call-up might follow.“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.Some media reports claimed that the Russian authorities actually plan to mobilize more than 1 million, the allegations denied by the Kremlin.“Because you were silent.

ADVERTISEMENT Protests against the mobilization that erupted Wednesday in Moscow, St.” Polls also opened in Russia, where refugees and other residents from those regions could vote.Petersburg and several other Russian cities were quickly dispersed by police, who arrested over 1,300 and immediately handed call-up summons to many of them.Anti-war activists are planning more protests Saturday.” 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.For men in Russia, this is a choice to die or live, to become a cripple or to preserve health.Many Russian men tried desperately to leave the country , buying up scarce and exorbitantly priced plane tickets.Thousands others fled by car, creating lines of traffic hours or even days long at some borders.Serhii Haidai accused Russian officials of taking down the names of people who voted against it.

The lines of cars were so long at the border with Kazakhstan that some people abandoned their vehicles and walked — just as some Ukrainians did after Russia invaded their country Feb.ADVERTISEMENT Ukraine’s presidential office said Friday at least 10 civilians were killed and 39 others were wounded by Russian shelling in nine Ukrainian regions over the last 24 hours.24.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.In a bid to calm public fears over the call-up, the authorities announced that many of those working in high tech, communications or finance will be exempt.AP NEWS.“Because you were silent.Russian shelling in Nikopol and Marhanets on the western bank of the Dnieper River resulted in the deaths of two people and the wounding of nine in Marhanets.

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Votes are never a sham unless they’re rigged or fraudulent - in which they are technically NOT votes of course. So let Russia do what Russia is doing! Biden is preaching and teaching hate! 'We have waited for this for 8 years' they said 'we will not be denied.' LET FREEDOM REIGN.... I say. 👇Ethnic Russians vote in their referendum in the Donbas

Russians with any sense should GET OUT of Russia BEFORE Putin CLOSES THE BORDERS next week. Putin will send every last one of them to their DEATH in the mad war. The ones who can’t get out need to RISE UP & REMOVE PUTIN to end his war. PutinMustGo RussianRevolutionNow 🙏🏼 KatyaYushchenko Not just by 'the West', but by international law. No country is entitled to conduct a referendum on the territory of another state.

and yet about 87% of the world doesn't support our little proxy war in Ukraine 🤔🤔 No one cares if the west rejects it as sham! Instead of helping with arms, why don't the West help conducting a 'fair' referendum ? The entire post-coup rump US proxy state of Ukraine is a sham, and the ethnic war it has prosecuted against the eastern regions for the past eight years is a disgrace.

'Votes are rejected as a sham by the west' What the fuck is wrong with journalism ? You cannot invade another country and conduct a 'referendum' in a land that is not yours ! It is should be common sense that has nothing to do with the West it is the fucking international law ! Is this the same west that recognized Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela?

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…

The Ukraine referendum results won't matter. DefenceU will still drag every orc invader to the border by the hair no matter how much they scream 'WE OWN IT, STOOOOP!' The shelling on its own citizens by UKR will definitely win hearts and minds. You're truly awful people You sound like an election denier.

The west rejected the votes. Shocking

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!

Moscow-held regions of Ukraine vote whether to join RussiaKYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Voting began Friday in Moscow-held regions of Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials there said. The 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. Because it IS a sham. You don’t go and occupy a sovereign country and hold a “referendum”. - What a strange choice of words you use at , as well as “referendum” without inverted commas. Putin Russia Dictatorship RussiaIsATerroristState RussianEmbassy RusBotschaft Vlad, you are an embarrassment to humanity.

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