In three regions — the DPR, the LPR and the controlled part of the Zaporozhye region — more than 90% of the participating voters voted for joining Russia. In the Kherson region, 87% voted in favor
The authorities of the LPR, DPR, as well as the territories controlled by Russia in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions reported that 100% of the votes cast in referendums on joining Russia were counted.
The voting results look like this:
Voting in referendums began simultaneously in all four regions on September 23 and ended on September 27.
The turnout in all referendums exceeded 50% and the votes were declared valid. In particular, in the LPR it was 92.6% (excluding sites in Russia), in the DPR— 97.51%, in the Kherson region— 76.86%.
Before joining Russia, the Zaporozhye region intends to declare the independence of the entire region, Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the pro-Russian military-civilian administration (VGA), argued, despite the fact that only 73% of the region’s territory is now under the control of the Russian military.
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Kherson region, in turn, declared that it would not declare independence. “For some period of time, it (sovereignty. — RBC) will be technologically, it will simply not be announced on purpose. We have a slightly different situation than the LPR and DPR, Kherson region— immediately part of the Russian Federation”, — explained the head of the military-civilian administration (CAA) of the region, Vladimir Saldo.
Before the start of the referenda, President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia would support the decision of the inhabitants of the regions where the vote was taking place.
The West, in turn, said that it does not recognize the results of referendums in four regions. US President Joe Biden called the vote “a false pretext for trying to annex parts of Ukraine by force” and the White House considered it “an affront to the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Washington also promised to impose new sanctions against Russia in the event of a referendum.
Serbia and Turkey spoke about their intention not to recognize the results of the plebiscite.
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