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Voting in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions on unification with Russia began today.
The referendum will last five days and preliminary results are expected on Wednesday.
The Russian media reports that on Tuesday it will be possible to vote at the polling stations, and for the first four days the police and Russian officials will go door to door and collect votes from those citizens who cannot come to the polling station, or citizens will be able to vote. in neighboring territories.
Moscow says this is because they fear polling stations could be attacked. Polling stations will also be open in Russia.
Crowds can be seen in the footage from the polling stations.
“Today at 8:00 a.m. Moscow time, the process of holding a referendum on joining the Russian Federation of the Donetsk People’s Republic as a subject began. Voting is taking place in the previously established form on the entire territory of the DNR, which is controlled by the authorities of the republic,” Vladimir Vysotsky, president of the CEC, told RIA Novosti. of the DNR.
All polling stations in Zaporozhye and Kherson regions started on time, officials say, and according to plans.
In addition, polling stations for internally displaced persons have been opened in some regions of Russia. Thus, locations were formed in Yakutsk, Mirny and Nerjungri, where miners from Donbas work in local mining companies, as well as on Sakhalin.
At the referendums in the DNR, LNR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, Russian senators also work as observers, said Federation Council President Valentina Matviyenko.
Matviyenko noted that the voting conditions dictated special security requirements, but everything was done to ensure transparency and openness.
At the beginning of the week, the councils of the DPR and LNR appealed to the heads of the republics, Denis Pushilin and Leonid Pasečnika, to immediately hold referendums on joining Russia. Also on September 20, the Kherson and Zaporozhye Oblast administrations announced plans to hold referendums on the same dates.
As the representatives of the region emphasized, joining Russia would secure their territories and restore historical justice. Vladimir Putin said that Russia will support the decision made by the residents of Donbass and the liberated territories.
The West and Ukraine fear the referendum because the annexation of nearly 15 percent of Ukraine’s territory to Russia could further worsen the situation and lead to an escalation of violence, especially after Putin warned that Moscow would use all means, including nuclear weapons, to defend itself if its territorial integrity was threatened. .
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