Zaporizhzhya Council wants a referendum on joining Russia

Zaporizhzhya Council wants a referendum on joining Russia


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The pro-Russian administration in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhje region wants to organize a referendum on joining Russia in a few weeks. According to the official Russian news agency RIA Novosti, today the administration signed a decree making such a referendum possible.

The southern part of the Zaporizhzhya region, including the city of Melitopol and the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, has been in the hands of the Russians for months. Pro-Russian military officials rule this out. It has been known for some time that they are on the way to annexation by Russia, but this is the first time they have made a concrete commitment to this matter.

The officials said in a statement that they are “one people” with Russia. It is expected that the Zaporizhzhya administration will organize the referendum on the same day as the municipal elections in Moscow, on September 11, although the authorities have not yet officially confirmed this.


Yesterday, Ukrainian President Zelensky warned about the referendums that Russia is planning to organize. “If the occupiers continue to organize fake referendums, they can forget about talks with Ukraine and the free world,” he said.

Zelensky reiterated in a video address that Ukraine will not cede its territory to Russia. We will not give up anything of our own.”

This is not the first time the Ukrainian president has warned about Russian referendums. In April, he already called on residents of the regions around Kherson and Zaporizhzhye not to give personal data to Russian soldiers, because the Kremlin is planning to organize a “false independence referendum” there.

In 2014, Russia also organized such a referendum for the unilaterally proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, among others. This could have shown that the predominantly Russian-speaking population wanted to belong to Russia. Referendums were not recognized by anyone except Russia.

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