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Launch of the Referendum on Integration into the Russia Federation in the Donbass, Zaporozhye & Kherson Regions
Donbass referendum results revealed
In the DPR, more than 99% of voters supported the idea of joining Russia, according to early official figures. The referendum in the LPR yielded a similar result, with more than 98% of voters supporting the potential reunification. In both republics, all the ballots have already been counted, according to local authorities.
The polls were conducted in the republics, as well as in the Moscow-controlled parts of Ukraine’s Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions, between September 23 and 27.
Both republics – which broke away from Kiev in the aftermath of the 2014 Maidan coup and the conflict in Ukraine’s east that followed – have shown a turnout of over 80% for the referendums, official figures show.
Ukraine and its Western supporters have already rejected the referendums on joining Russia as a “sham” ballot, vowing to not recognize the results regardless of their outcome. Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky warned that Russia’s completion of the referendums would “make it impossible, in any case, to continue any diplomatic negotiations” with Moscow.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and France, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian president Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.
The results of the referendums on the DPR, LPR, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions have been published
International observers from Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Serbia, Mozambique, France, the Central African Republic recorded no violations, except for threats and shelling from Ukraine, and noted the enthusiasm of the voting participants
MOSCOW, 27 September /TASS/ Voting has ended in referendums in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions on joining Russia. In the last three, voting ended on Tuesday at 16:00 Moscow time. In the DPR, some polling stations continued to work until 20:00 Moscow time.
Preliminary results come from polling stations on the territory of the Russian Federation, where refugees and the diplomatic corps could vote.
In the LPR, the referendum has already been declared valid; international observers have not recorded any violations in the voting process.
TASS has collected the preliminary results of the vote.
- The turnout in the LPR, according to the local CEC, was 92.6%. The referendum is considered valid, despite Kyiv’s attempts to disrupt it, said the head of the republic, Leonid Pasechnik.
- In the Zaporozhye region, the turnout was 85.4%.
- In the Kherson region, the turnout was 76.86%.
- In the DPR, the turnout in the referendum was 97.51%.
Results from sites in the Russian Federation
- The accession of the DPR to Russia following the results of processing 100% of the protocols was supported by 98.69%.
- The accession of the LPR to Russia following the processing of 100% of the protocols was supported by 97.93%.
- The entry of the Zaporozhye region into the Russian Federation following the results of processing 100% of the protocols was supported by 97.81%.
- The entry of the Kherson region into the Russian Federation following the results of processing 100% of the protocols was supported by 96.75%.
Results from the field
- According to the results of counting 100% of votes in a referendum in the Kherson region, 87.05% of voters voted for joining the Russian Federation .
- According to the preliminary results of processing 100% of the protocols, 93.11% of voters in the Zaporozhye region voted for joining the Russian Federation. The final results are expected to be announced on Wednesday morning.
- After processing 100% of the protocols, 98.42% of voters voted for the entry of the LPR into the Russian Federation.
- After processing 100% of the protocols, 99.23% of voters voted for the entry of the DPR into the Russian Federation.
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