From Strategic Stability
Report # 145. Despite barbaric Ukrainian shelling, four referenda go on
1. Four referenda are conducted in a democratic way
Four separate referenda started on September 23, 2022 in four regions uncontrolled by Ukraine, namely in Donetsl and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as in Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions where the majority of populations expressed their wish join the Russian Federation as equal subjects (the slogan displayed at the public rally on the picture runs: We are together with Russia”)
Such referenda that are permitted by international law will end on September 27. Final results will be announced the next day. If the majority of voters say positive to the accession with Russia, the Russian State Duma, the lower house of Parliament will pass its decision to the President who is understood will sign a decree on the admission of all four regions to Russia. It may happen on September 30, 2022.
During last two days since the beginning of the referenda so far nearly 55% of voters participated in them in the DPR, 46% in LPR, 36% in Kherson Region and 32% in Zaporozhye Region. It has been announced by four referenda commissions by 17:30 Moscow time on September 25. The referenda commissions predicted that by evening September 27 around 80-90% of voters would take part in these events.
Locals are explaining their desire to participate in the referenda by noting: “Ukraine killed us, while Russia defended us. Do you see the difference?”
International observers (there are 179 of them in Donbass only) who came to all these territories are noting that the referenda are conducted in accordance with the international law and European standards. Voters can cast there will freely and without any intimidation from local authorities.
Unfortunately, Armed Forces of Ukraine or AFU controlled by a neo-Nazi regime implanted in Kiev continued shelling residential areas in all four regions intending to disrupt these will-expression process in violation of the UN Charter, OSCE and ODIHR principles (The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights). It is irrelevant that the UNO, OSCE and ODIHR have said no single word of criticism about such cruelty and barbarism during the days when referenda are being held. What for they are paid?
Kiev also sent several saboteur groups to stop referenda. All teams have been eliminated.
The DPR representative office in the Joint Coordination and Ceasefire Commission or JCCC reported that on September 23 there have been 55 instances of shelling by the AFU and 297 rounds of ammunition were fired. In the Donetsk direction, the enemy used 155mm and 152mm artillery. In the Yasynuvata direction – artillery of 155 and 152 mm. On the Gorlovka direction – Grad MLRS, artillery of 155, 152 and 122 mm, tanks, 120 mm mortars have been used,Continue reading