Last minute… Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson go to referendum to join Russia

Creation Date: September 20, 2022 15:30

Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions announced that they will hold a referendum between September 23-27 to join Russia.

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While the offensive of Ukraine continued at full speed, a flash decision came in the Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson regions of Ukraine under Russian occupation.

In all three regions, Russiaannounced that they will go to a referendum between 23-27 September to join the .

FIRST EXPLANATION FROM RUSSIA

The first statement from Russia on the subject came from Foreign Minister Lavrov. Lavrov said that it is up to the people of the region whether to take the referendum decision or not.

“From the beginning, we have been defending that the people living in the region should determine their own destiny,” Lavrov said.

Lavrov expressed at first hand that Russia supported the referendum decision by saying that ‘the peoples of Donbass want to be the masters of their own destinies’.

‘FAKE REFERENDUMS WILL NOT CHANGE ANYTHING’

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The first statement by Ukraine came at the level of the foreign minister. “Fake referendums will not change anything,” said Kuleba, the Ukrainian minister.

Kuleba made the following statements in his statement on his Twitter account;

‘Russia is in the position of an aggressor occupying a part of Ukraine’s territory. Ukraine has every right to liberate its lands and will continue to liberate them no matter what Russia says.’

On the other hand, Ukraine claimed that they took control of the east of the Oskil river. If this development is confirmed, the Russian army will be completely removed from the Kharkov region.

Serhiy Haidai, the Ukrainian local manager of Kharkov’s neighboring Luhansk region, said the next target would be the capture of Luhansk.

According to Haidai, the next goal is to take the city of Lyman, which the Russians captured in May. Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky also stated that preparations for the next attack have already begun.

If Ukrainian forces can hold east of Oskil, it will be critical to their advance. The Oskil river flows south of the Donetsk river, which runs through the Donbas region, which is the main focus of Russian attacks.

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