Donetsk region of Ukraine to conduct referendum on joining Russia on September 23-27

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Between September 23 and 27 the Donetsk region of Ukraine will conduct a referendum to decide on whether to join Russia.

The authorities of the Russian-installed separatists in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine announced today, Thursday, September 22, that they will conduct a referendum between September 23 and 27. The result of this poll will determine whether the territory becomes a part of Russia or not.

In a post on social media, the region’s leader, Denis Pushilin, has already called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to admit the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) into the Russian Federation as soon as possible after the votes have been counted.

I ask you, as soon as possible, in the event of a positive decision in the referendum – which we have no doubt about – to consider the DPR becoming a part of Russia”, Pushilin wrote.

Russian-installed officials in occupied parts of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson provinces have already made similar calls for their respective territories to become a part of Russia. The separatist leaders of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) announced that they intend to hold a referendum on joining Russia on the same dates.


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