Russia Ukraine dispute: Putin took a big step amid Ukraine war, referendum to merge 15 percent of Ukraine with Russia

KyivReferendum on Ukraine’s decision to join Russia in the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions has begun. The voting process, which began on September 23, will continue till September 27. The Russian President announced this in his address to the nation on Wednesday. Ukraine and its Western allies have condemned the referendum and called it […]
 


Russia Ukraine dispute: Putin took a big step amid Ukraine war, referendum to merge 15 percent of Ukraine with Russia

KyivReferendum on Ukraine’s decision to join Russia in the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions has begun. The voting process, which began on September 23, will continue till September 27. The Russian President announced this in his address to the nation on Wednesday. Ukraine and its Western allies have condemned the referendum and called it illegal. This move of Russia is expected to worsen the situation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described the independence of the Donbass (Luhansk and Donetsk) as the object of the Russian military’s operations. Russia is in the process of merging the region with a majority of Russian speakers through a referendum, similar to when Russia annexed the Crimean island of Ukraine in 2014. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Russia to stop the referendum. He has also warned of dire consequences. Ukraine says people in the region are being threatened to vote in favor of the resolution. There are also warnings of punishment for not voting to join Russia. 20 polling stations have been set up in Moscow for people from public polling areas who have moved to Russia.

The conquered regions of Ukraine, where public voting is being held, account for 15 percent of the country. It is home to Ukraine’s main technical sector and a large amount of natural wealth. If Russia’s occupation of it continues, Ukraine may have to suffer heavy economic losses in the near future. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he will not accept Russian occupation and the war will continue until every inch of land is freed, while former Russian president and deputy head of the National Security Council Dmitry Medvedev has said that Those who join Russia will also be deployed in nuclear weapons areas. Those who try to capture them will be dealt with with full force. Putin indicated in his address on Wednesday.

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