Russian proxies in occupied Ukrainian territories are knocking on residents’ doorways and urgent them to vote to formally be a part of Russia, a Ukrainian official mentioned Friday.
Russia-occupied areas of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia and Kherson areas, together with the breakaway Donetsk and Luhansk individuals’s republics, are staging referendums from Sept. 23-27 that may resolve whether or not they are going to be annexed by Russia.
“When an individual checks ‘NO’ on the ‘poll’ it’s recorded in a ‘pocket book’,” the Luhansk area’s Ukrainian Governor Serhiy Haidai wrote on his Telegram channel of the Russian proxies’ election visits.
Haidai added that the Russian proxies are accompanied by armed males on their door-to-door visits.
Kyiv and its Western allies have decried the referendum votes as a “sham” and an illegal land seize by Moscow.
The majority of referendum voting can be carried out at properties “as a security measure,” the Russian state-run RIA Novosti information company reported,
Rallies in assist of the continued referendums are being held in a number of Russian cities, media reportedwith state staff, college students and political activists reportedly being transported to the occasions.
The referendums had been introduced a day earlier than President Vladimir Putin declared a “partial” mobilization of Russia’s army reserves, a transfer aimed toward bolstering Moscow’s flagging manpower in its seven-month invasion of Ukraine.
The vice spokesperson of Russia’s Federal Council mentioned earlier that any assault on Russia-occupied territories of Ukraine throughout and after the referendums could be seen as an assault on Russia itself.