More than half of the voters in the Zaporozhye region voted in the referendum, it “definitely took place,” the region's CAA reported. Voting will end on September 27, the results have already promised not to recognize Ukraine, the USA, Serbia and Turkey ” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
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The turnout at the referendum in the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine on joining Russia exceeded 50%, the vote is considered “in essence” held. This was stated by the chairman of the movement “We are together with Russia”, a member of the council of the military-civilian administration of the region (VGA) Vladimir Rogov on the radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda”. The VGA was formed after the Russian military took control of the region.
“Yes, [the referendum] definitely took place. You know, we have never had such activity in the elections at all, — added Rogov (TASS quote).
Over 25,000 people voted outside the Zaporozhye region to join Russia, said Marina Zakharova, chairperson of the regional election commission, Interfax reports. According to its data, on September 25, 8.6 thousand voters located in Russia cast their votes.
Russia controls part of the territory of the Zaporozhye region, the voting will take place from 23 to 27 September. In the same period, voting will take place in the Kherson region occupied by Russian troops (to which part of the Nikolaev region was annexed), as well as in the Lugansk and Donetsk people's republics. In the republics of Donbass, the vote was considered to have taken place on the evening of September 25.
Russia will support the results of the vote, President Vladimir Putin promised. “We cannot, we have no moral right to give people close to us to be torn to pieces by executioners, we cannot but respond to their sincere desire to determine their own fate,” — he said during his September 21 address. During the same address, he announced the introduction of partial mobilization in Russia.
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Ukraine announced that it does not recognize the results of referendums. The authorities of Serbia declared a similar attitude to the vote, indicating: “this is completely contrary to our national interests, our policy of maintaining territorial integrity and sovereignty and adherence to the principle of inviolability of borders.”
The authorities of Turkey and Turkey also spoke in support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine USA. US President Joe Biden called the referendums “a sham, a false pretext for annexing parts of Ukraine by force.” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken promised that the accession of Ukrainian regions to Russia would never be recognized by the United States. “Ukrainians have every right to take them back,” — he emphasized.
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