Pseudo-referendums will not have any legal force, but sanctions and liability will definitely be.
Vice Prime Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Iryna Vereshchuk called on Ukrainians in the occupied territories not to go to any “referendums” and to avoid any participation in this in every possible way.
She stated this on the air of the informational telethon.
“Do not go, do not participate in any pseudo-referendums. Avoid in every way possible, avoid such participation, because we understand that no “referendums” will have any legal force, and sanctions and responsibility will definitely be,” Vereshchuk emphasized.
She noted the responsibility for the participation or organization of “referendums” in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine.
“Yes, this is Article 111-1, Part 5 (of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – UNIAN).” This article 111-1 part 5. it speaks only about those who organize and conduct, that is, for those who are the organizers,” Vereshchuk emphasized.
The Vice Prime Minister – Minister for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories explained in what cases, after the de-occupation of the territories, people will be protected from criminal prosecution.
“If a person participated in a “referendum”, that is, if it was not for the purpose of propaganda, if it was not for a voluntary purpose, when people demonstrate this. But there are indeed cases when pensioners were deprived of the right to receive pensions and only if when they gave their personal data, they could count on humanitarian assistance and even some elementary payment. Of course, such people will not be held responsible. We clearly distinguish this,” Vereshchuk said.
She noted who, after the de-occupation of the territories, will not be able to avoid responsibility for participating in “referenda”.
“We understand, out of hopelessness, when a pensioner. It’s another matter when the conditional chairman of the RGA or a deputy of the local council does this. These are completely different things. Everything will be on an individual basis, we must understand that there are different situations. In any case, you need to do your best efforts not to take part in this. In any case, we do not recognize “referendums” and will not recognize them, because it was under duress,” Vereshchuk stressed.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian occupiers are planning to hold pseudo-referendums in the captured parts of Kherson, Zaporozhye, Donetsk and Luhansk regions on September 23-27 in order to join the Russian Federation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stressed that Russia’s plans to hold pseudo-referendums in the temporarily occupied territories will not prevent the Armed Forces of Ukraine from liberating Ukrainian lands from occupation.
Today, on September 21, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a statement on the inadmissibility of holding pseudo-referenda on the territory of Ukraine.
Reference. On March 15, the Law of Ukraine dated 03.03.2022 No. 2108-IX “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts Regarding the Establishment of Criminal Liability for Collaboration Activities” came into force in Ukraine, which provides for criminal liability for committing a number of acts that promote armed aggression against territory of Ukraine. These are activities that can take place during hostilities or under an occupation regime.
Almost all of the criminal offenses described in the law on collaborationism are covered by article 111 of the Criminal Code (“high treason”).
New article of the Criminal Code of Ukraine-art. 111-1 “collaboration activity” consists of eight parts. Moreover, parts of this article are placed according to the gradation of a socially dangerous act: starting from criminal offenses and ending with a particularly serious crime.