Referendums begin to annex Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia to Russia

The referendums in the Ukrainian territories occupied since the beginning of the war, Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhia, for their annexation to Russia they started this friday with great security measures, as reported by local authorities

These votes have been described by Ukraine and various Western governments such as the United States or Germany as a farce, comparing them to those that took place in Crimea in 2014.

To join Russia, these territories would become a sovereign part of the Russian nation. This means that they can be defended by the Kremlin with all the military capacity that Moscow has at its disposal. Including atomic weapons.

referendums will last until September 27. “All the members of the electoral commissions, more than 5,000 people, began their work,” he announced to the agency. interface the head of the electoral commission installed in the Zaporizhia region, Galina Katiuschenko.

During the first four days, citizens will be able to vote from their homes for security and in places enabled for it. On the last day of voting, next Tuesday, The usual polling stations will be enabled. The procedure will be the same in all the cities where the consultations are held.

“Today at 08.00 Moscow time in the entire territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic the electoral commissions began their work“, pointed out a statement from the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of the territory.

The president of the Central Election Commission of Russia, Ela Pamfilova, has assured that she will do everything necessary so that the inhabitants of the “liberated territories” who are in Russia can participate in the consultations.

The Russian Army controls at this point in the war just over half of the Donetsk and Zaporizhia regions, and practically all of Lugansk and Kherson. Ukraine, for its part, has accused Russia of manipulating the census and of persecuting those loyal to kyiv.

Analysts agree that Russia speed up the process of recognizing the territories of southern Ukraine as part of the Russian Federation, as happened in the case of Crimea.

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres, has warned that any annexation of a territory by force is a violation of the law international. While US President Joe Biden has branded the referendums “false” and accused Russia of wanting to “end Ukraine’s right to exist as a state.”

UN concludes Russia has committed war crimes

The UN mission in Ukraine has concluded that Russia has committed war crimes in Ukraine, as highlighted this Friday by the president of this tripartite commission, Erik Mose, in his appearance before the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Mose has advanced that mission investigates executions of detainees in 16 Ukrainian towns, although he has stated that he has received credible reports of crimes of this type in many other places. He has also denounced that Russian soldiers have committed sexual and sexist violence against the Ukrainian population, including minors.

The Norwegian expert pointed out that there were arrests in Ukraine that were taken to Russia, where they were committed beatings, electric shocks and forced nudity. It has also denounced the repeated use of explosive devices in non-military areas.

These conclusions They are the first that the UN communicates since the formation of this mission, which has covered the areas around kyiv, Chernigov, Kharkov and Sumi, between February and March.

The mission has also collected two incidents of mistreatment to Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forcesa type of crime that “although they are fewer in number, will continue to be subject to our attention”.

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