The initiative to “immediately” hold referendums on joining Russia was earlier made by the authorities of the DPR and LPR. Deputy head of the CAA of the Kherson region Stremousov said that today a statement “that everyone is waiting for” will be made
The authorities of the Kherson region will make a statement on the referendum on joining Russia in Tuesday, 20 September. Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the regional CAA, stated this in his telegram channel.
According to him, residents of the region often ask if the CAA supports the initiative of the DNR and LNR on the “immediate” holding a referendum on joining Russia.
“I think that today, September 20, we will make an immediate statement on the fact [of the possibility of holding a referendum on the territory of the Kherson region], which in fact everyone is waiting for”, — said the deputy head of the regional CAA.
Earlier that day, Stremousov told RIA Novosti that all attempts by Ukrainian troops to advance in the direction of the Kherson region were failing, and the Armed Forces of Ukraine were suffering heavy losses.
September 19 The Public Chamber of the LPR appealed to the head of the region Leonid Pasechnik and the people's council (parliament) with the initiative “immediately” hold a referendum on recognition as a subject of Russia. On the same day, the Public Chamber of the DPR prepared a similar appeal to the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin, and the people's council of the republic.
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Secretary of the General Council of “United Russia” Andrei Turchak said earlier that it would be symbolic and correct to hold referendums on joining the DPR, LPR and the “liberated territories” to Russia. November 4, National Unity Day. According to him, the locals are ready for this.
Independence referendums in the DPR and LPR were held in May 2014. They followed the change of power in Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea to Russia and the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbass, in particular, the “anti-terrorist operation” Kyiv, which Russian President Vladimir Putin later called “punitive” and aimed against the inhabitants of the east of the country who did not support the “coup d'état”; in Ukraine.
This year, on February 21, Russia recognized the independence of the DPR and LPR, and also concluded an agreement on friendship and mutual assistance with them. On February 24, Putin announced the start of a special operation in Ukraine. Moscow called its goals “denazification”; and “demilitarization” neighboring country, protection of the population and “total liberation” Donbass, as well as the elimination of the “anti-Russian enclave” in Ukraine.
During the special operation, Russian troops took control of the Kherson region, parts of the Zaporozhye and Kharkov regions, and, as Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported, “liberated” LPR. The authorities of the Russian-controlled territories of Kherson and Zaporozhye regions also advocated holding referendums. The pro-Russian authorities of the Kharkiv region said in July that they were not yet ready for this.