150K East Ukraine Residents to Vote on Putin’s Constitutional Reforms – Official

Over 196,000 Donbass residents have obtained Russian citizenship since the process was simplified last year.Alexei Andronov / TASS

Nearly 150,000 residents of separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine with Russian passports will join Russians in voting on a set of constitutional reforms that would allow President Vladimir Putin to extend his rule, a Russian official has said.

From June 25 to July 1, Russians will vote on the constitutional amendments, which contain a controversial clause to “zero out” Putin’s presidential term limit, allowing him to run for two more six-year terms.

Residents of the eastern Donbass region who hold Russian passports will be able to easily cross the border to cast their ballots, State Duma deputy Viktor Vodolatsky told the state-run TASS news agency Wednesday.

“Today, more than 150,000 citizens [in the Donbass] already want to vote on the amendments to the Constitution. … There’s no difficulty in crossing the border for a Russian citizen,” said Vodolatsky, the First Deputy Chair of the Duma’s CIS Affairs and Relations With Russian Nationals Abroad Committee.

Vodolatsky added that while Donbass residents are required to vote on Russian territory, other Russian citizens living abroad can cast their ballots at the nearest consulate.

Moscow says it has issued Russian citizenship to over 196,000 residents of the Donbass region and neighboring areas of eastern Ukraine that are under Kiev’s control since Putin simplified the procedure last year. 

Despite a ceasefire signed in 2015, more than 13,000 people have been killed in six years of bitter war between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists in the Donbass.

Western countries accuse Russia of providing troops, equipment and funding to the separatists and have sanctioned Moscow over its role in the conflict.

(c)MOSCOW TIMES 2020

3 comments

  • Rip up their Ukrainian passports, and declare them illegal immigrants. They have no right to vote in any referendum concerning Ukraine, once Ukraine has the border back, deport the lot of them to the shithole they love so much.

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  • англійський масон

    They can vote, but have to cross the Border to do so………
    There’s nothing like being a Citizen…………………….and that’s nothing like being a Citizen.

    I don’t think many who aren’t ordered to and taken under armed guard to, will bother to vote.

    We all knew the result when the dwarf decided to change the Law.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    The dwarf is desperately trying to make this circus show seem legit to the world. Only brainless morons think that this vote would change the pedophiles status as president until death, if they were to vote against it.

    Liked by 2 people

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