Four Ukrainian regions prepare to hold referendums on joining Russia

Russia is stepping up its campaign to capture more Ukrainian territory, gathering army reservists to fight, plotting votes on annexation of occupied areas and launching new attacks, as fighting rages on the 212th day.

A volunteer distributes ribbons and posters on which is written “Russia is the future, take part in the referendum!” residents ahead of a referendum in the Luhansk region. (AP)

Friday, September 23, 2022

Four Ukrainian regions to vote on joining Russia

Four regions of Ukraine controlled by Russia and pro-Moscow forces are preparing to hold referendums on joining Russia, a move widely condemned by the West as illegitimate and a precursor to illegal annexation.

Pro-Russian leaders on Tuesday announced plans for votes, a challenge to the West that could sharply escalate the conflict.

The results are seen as a fatality in favor of annexation, and Ukraine and its allies have already made it clear that they will not recognize the results.

Voting in the provinces of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, which represent about 15% of Ukrainian territory, is due to take place from Friday to Tuesday.

Lawmakers urge Pentagon to supply drones to Ukraine

According to a letter, seventeen members of Congress have asked US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to expedite the Pentagon’s security review of a Ukrainian request for large armed drones.

“The mitigation of thorough risk assessments should not come at the expense of the lives of Ukrainians,” says the letter signed by a bipartisan congressional group urging that the Pentagon’s consideration of the possibility of arms transfers be completed. complete “in a timely manner”.

The letter, which was signed by Republicans and Democrats, referenced Ukraine’s recent territorial gains, adding that “the use of more capable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) on the battlefield will enable AFU (Ukrainian Armed Forces) to better hold the territory they fought so hard to recover”.

Czech Republic: Russian fugitives do not meet humanitarian visa criteria

The Czech Republic will not issue humanitarian visas to Russian citizens fleeing mobilization orders, Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky has said.

Many Russians are trying to leave their country after President Vladimir Putin announced mobilization as Russian forces fighting in Ukraine suffered heavy casualties.

“I understand that Russians are running away from Putin’s increasingly desperate decisions. But those who show up because they don’t want to fulfill a duty imposed by their own government, they don’t meet the criteria for a humanitarian visa” , Lipavsky told Reuters. Press Agency.

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