23 Sep 2022 05:11 GMT
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Moscow would do everything to ensure security during the plebiscites in these territories and will support any results of the popular consultations.
The referendums, which will be held over 5 days on the accession to Russia of the people’s republics of Donbass and the regions of Kherson and Zaporozhie, began at 8 am (local time) on Friday, September 23. If the results are positive, more than 5 million people could become Russian citizens.
According to local authorities, the regions are fully prepared for the procedure, which will reportedly be attended by Russian and foreign observers.
For security reasons, during the first 4 days voting takes place outside the polling stations: citizens can vote in public places or at home, where volunteers will bring the ballot boxes. Meanwhile, on the last day of voting, September 27, you can go to the polling stations.
It should be noted that all refugees from the regions that are in Russia will be able to participate in the plebiscites and vote in electoral colleges enabled for this consultation.
The ballots in the Donetsk People’s Republic will have a question: “Do you support the DPR’s accession to Russia as a subject of the Russian Federation?” In the Lugansk People’s Republic it will be: “Are you in favor of the LPR becoming a subject of the Russian Federation?”
At the same time, residents of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions will be asked whether or not they vote in favor of the separation from Ukraine, the formation of an independent state and its accession to the Russian Federation.
“The voice of each of you will confirm the truth: Donbass is Russia,” DPR leader Denis Pushilin declared in his message to residents. He pointed out that the republics had been waiting for his return to Russia for many years, just as someone waits for the return to the family after many years of separation.
“The holding of the referendum is a historic milestone. Not only because we trust in its positive result, but because it is the culmination of our difficult common path,” he said.
“We are going home,” commented Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the new civil-military administration of the region, at the start of the vote.
This Monday, the representatives of the Public Chambers of the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk they addressed their leaders with a request to “immediately” hold a referendum on the inclusion of the regions in the territory of Russia.
Explaining the reason for the decision, the consultative body of the Luhansk People’s Republic highlighted that the passage will guarantee the protection of its territory and will create new opportunities for their reconstruction and “return to a full peaceful life”. “We consider [un paso] timely as ever to make a resolute decision on the immediate holding of a referendum on the territory of the Luhansk People’s Republic,” he said. The events of the past few days showed that the nationalists in kyiv crossed all red lines,” he added.
After that, the leader of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Denis Pushilin, headed to the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, with a request, in case of a positive decision of the referendum, to consider the question of the union of the republic with Russia “as soon as possible”emphasizing that the people of Donbass deserve it.
One day after the request was made by the Public Chambers of the two republics, members of the consultative body of the Ukrainian region of Kherson also asked the head of the regional military-civic administration, Vladimir Saldo, to hold “immediately” a referendum to join Russia.
For its part, in the Zaporozhye region, the We, together with Russia social movement presented its request in this regard to the provincial leader, Yevgeni Balitski, on Tuesday. “The sooner we become part of Russia, the sooner there will be peace, mutual understanding, well-being and guarantees that we are alive, healthy and free,” said the movement’s president, Vladimir Rogov.