EU denounces Russian referendums, their “falsified result” in occupied parts of Ukraine

The European Union condemned the referendum organized in the regions of Ukraine occupied by Russia. EU foreign affairs representative Josep Borrell said the bloc “denounces” the referendum and its “falsified result” in Russian-occupied Ukrainian territories. Borrell’s statement comes a day after referendums for joining Russia were concluded in four Ukrainian territories – Kherson, Lugansk, Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia.

Taking to his Twitter account, Josep Borrell described the referendum as a “violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”. Praising Ukraine’s resistance, Borrell said the EU “salutes the courage” of Ukrainians who continue to oppose the Russian offensive. Borrell tweeted: “The EU denounces the holding of illegal referendums and their falsified results. This is another violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, amid systematic abuse of rights of man. We salute the courage of the Ukrainians, who continue to oppose and resist the Russian invasion.” Echoing similar remarks, European Council President Charles Michel criticized the referendum held in the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine.

Canada won’t recognize referendum: Trudeau

On September 27, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would not recognize referendums held in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine and called them a “sham”. He said the referendums organized by Russia in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia had “absolutely no legitimacy”. “There are many reports of voters being forcibly intimidated, and these referendums are a flagrant violation of international law, driven by Putin’s idea that he can redraw the map as he pleases.” Additionally, Trudeau stressed that Canada is engaging with international partners to ensure the rejection of “illegitimate votes.” Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has claimed that Russia’s recognition of ‘mock referendums’ and another attempt to annex the region from Ukraine demonstrate that ‘there is nothing to discuss’. with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Voting results announced

Most of the inhabitants of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and the Kherson region chose to join Russia, CASS reported. Voting in the four regions took place over four days from September 23-27. According to the final results, 87.05% of those who voted in Kherson supported joining the region with Russia. Luhansk’s joining Russia was supported by 98.42% of total voters, while 99.23% of voters favored Donetsk’s joining Russia, according to the CASS report. No less than 93.11% of voters supported Zaporizhzia joining Russia. Meanwhile, the Russian-backed leader in Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, has called on Russian authorities to admit the region as a separate member of Russia.

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