On September 23, Russia started the so-called "referendums" on joining the Russian Federation in the occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.

A "show of will" was scheduled for September 23-27.

The President of the Russian Federation,

Vladimir Putin

, said that he supports the holding of pseudo-referendums, and that the residents of the occupied territories allegedly themselves "expressed a desire to determine their own lives." 

TSN.ua collected information on what is happening on Friday in the occupied territories.


On Friday, 27 heavy military trucks entered Mariupol, Donetsk region.

They were moving to the middle of the city, some of the cars were loaded. 

"This is how the first day of the "referendum" performance began in Mariupol. Does it look like a free demonstration of the citizens?" - said Petro Andryushchenko

, adviser to the mayor of Mariupol


Security Service of Ukraine said that the occupiers

are trying to get children to vote

in the so-called "referendum" in the DNR


"The security service intercepted the documents of the terrorist organization "DNR", which regulate the involvement of minor citizens in participating in the fake referendum of the Russian Federation in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk region. The invaders hope to expand the "electoral base" to support the accession of the eastern part of Ukraine to the Russian Federation and

to involve local residents of age in pseudo -voting

from 13 to 17 years old

," the SBU press service said.

The head of the Luhansk regional military administration ,

Serhii Gaidai

, said that the puppet leadership is preparing for a pseudo-referendum in the occupied Luhansk region.

According to him

, a passport is not needed to "vote" in the "referendum"


Not only residents of the region with a LPR passport, but also people with a Ukrainian document or a temporary identity card issued in connection with the loss of documents can take part in the vote.

"It is not clear how many of these certificates will be issued in Luhansk Oblast these days. Only to local residents or some Buryats, too," Gaidai remarked.

Meanwhile, racist publics in Telegram are publishing photos of "expression of will" in Donbas.

Zaporizhzhia region

On Friday morning, a loud explosion rang out

in Melitopol, Zaporizhzhia region , which was felt in the center of the city


Mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov reported that people are afraid to leave their homes.

"And this fear is in the hands of the occupiers - on the first day of home-based "voting" at the pseudo-referendum, they need everyone to sit quietly at home," he emphasized.

The mayor of Melitopol also said on the TSN YouTube channel that the occupiers "have not given up on the idea of ​​holding a referendum, although

they see the total resistance of our civilian population in the temporarily occupied territories


"That's why, yesterday evening,

they brought a mass crew from Crimea on multi-story buses

, with the help of which they will film propaganda stories - as if there is support from the local population in Melitopol. But we clearly understand that this is definitely not the case. They filmed a survey of residents on the streets of the city, but for some reason

those , who was responsible for supporting Russia, spoke with an accent, and these are definitely not residents of our city

," Fedorov stressed.

Kherson region

Serhii Khlan, deputy of the Kherson Regional Council, said that the "referendum" will be held in Kherson Oblast, going around houses with Russian military personnel.

"The decree stipulates that

the members of the election commission will walk together with the military

. It's a kind of referendum under the muzzles of machine guns. Imagine if a person comes to you with a military man and asks "yes" or "no". If it's "yes", then everything is fine. If not, you will be arrested and dragged to the basement. We understand that there will be no survey there, because the results are known in advance.

They have even already published them, 80%

, "quotes a deputy of the Kherson Regional Council in the publication "Apostrophe".

Khlan also reported on Facebook that traitors

in some occupied settlements are compiling lists so that they can go with a "referendum" primarily to principled Ukrainians


"That is, those who did not take a Russian passport or humanitarian aid from the Orks all the time, did not support the occupiers, did not send their children to school and clearly adhered to their pro-Ukrainian position," he explained.

The world condemned the actions of the occupiers

US President Joe Biden said at a meeting of the UN General Assembly that Russia violated the UN Charter with its nuclear threats and plans to hold so-called "referendums" on the captured Ukrainian territories.

"Russia is recruiting even more soldiers and trying to organize a fake referendum -

this is a direct violation of the UN Charter

. The whole world should see these crimes. No one threatened Russia and no one, except for it, sought this conflict. We tried to avoid it," Biden emphasized.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey condemned the holding of pseudo-referendums in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

Ankara emphasizes that such actions by the Kremlin will complicate the diplomatic process.


We are concerned about attempts to hold unilateral "referendums" in parts of Ukraine under Russian control

. Such an illegitimate fait accomplis (accomplished fact) will not be recognized by the international community. On the contrary, it will hinder the restoration of the diplomatic process and deepen instability," the department emphasizes. 

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