These are not the actions of a confident state and this is not a sign of strength, according to the White House.
US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Russia would use fake ” referendums ” as a basis for annexing Ukraine’s occupied territories now or in the future.
As he noted during the briefing, the United States will never recognize the accession of any part of Ukraine.
“We know that these referendums will be manipulative. We know that Russia will use these shameful referendums as a basis for the annexation of these territories, now or in the future. If this happens, the United States will never recognize the annexation of any part of Ukraine,” he said. he.
Sullivan stressed that the United States would do everything to make Russia pay for its actions.
“We will work with our partners to make every effort to ensure that Russia pays for this and provide historic support to Ukraine. We know that President Putin is likely to call for mobilization, which is a reflection of his war in Ukraine. This is not the actions of a confident state , this is not a sign of strength, on the contrary, and the United States and its allies will provide the necessary assistance to the Ukrainian people,” he added.
“Referendum” in the “LPR”, “DPR” and Kherson and Zaporozhye regions: what you should know
As UNIAN wrote, the occupiers were going to arrange a fake vote on the territory of the “LPR”, “DPR”, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions of Ukraine from September 23 to 27. It is reported that voting in referendums is likely to be both face-to-face and absentee – by mail.
The occupiers say they will announce the official results of the pseudo-votes on September 28 or 29, “after which the ‘DPR’ and ‘LPR’ can send an official request to join Russia.”
A day earlier, the leader of the “DPR” Denis Pushilin addressed the leader of the “LPR” Leonid Pasechnik with a proposal to join forces to prepare for a pseudo-referendum on the entry of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine into the Russian Federation.
Gauleiter Vladimir Saldo, who now heads the occupation administration in the Kherson region, also announced a ” referendum ” regarding joining the Russian Federation. A similar announcement was made by the head of the fake administration of the Zaporozhye region, Evgeny Balitsky.
The Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation is going to organize polling stations for “referendums” in the “DPR”, “LPR”, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions on the territory of the Russian Federation, said Nikolai Bulaev, deputy chairman of the commission.
The head of the Luhansk Regional Military Administration, Sergei Gaidai , believes that if Russia organizes and holds a “referendum” in the occupied territories of the Luhansk region, this will pave the way for general mobilization in Russia.