“The Russian referendums are fake and a false excuse to try to annex parts of Ukraine by force,” he said. Like the European Union, the United States has already taken several packages of sanctions against the Moscow regime.
Earlier, Biden’s spokeswoman told a news briefing that Washington knows these referendums will be tampered with. From Ukraine, officials have already said people will not be allowed to leave their region until the four-day vote is over. There were also reports of armed groups breaking into homes to force people to vote.
Separatist leaders and Russian state media announced the referendums on Tuesday. It concerns the unilaterally proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions. Referendums will be held there from Friday to September 27.
Referendums remind us of Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014. This also happened after a referendum not recognized internationally. And now, too, Kyiv and the West have decided not to recognize the results of referendums that have been condemned as sham referendums.
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