According to the Central Election Commission, 99.23 percent of those who came to polling stations voted for joining Russia in Donetsk region, 98.42% in Luhansk, 93.11% in Zaporizhia, and 87.05% in Kherson. %.

A few hours before the end of the vote, the Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia

Dmitri Medvedev

wrote in a telegram:

"The referendums have ended.

The results are obvious.

Welcome home, to Russia!".

The issue of joining the occupied Ukrainian territories to Russia is expected to be discussed at the meeting of the Federation Council scheduled for October 4.

At the same time, the head of the so-called Luhansk People's Republic,

Leonid Pasechnik

, made a statement in which he asked Vladimir Putin to accept the region into the Russian Federation on September 28.

The President of Ukraine

, Uladzimir Zelenskyi

, said at the meeting of the UN Security Council that "the farce in the occupied territories cannot even be called an imitation of referendums", and that the Ukrainian army will not give up plans to liberate the lands under any circumstances.

Separately, he emphasized that if Russia recognizes the results of the referendums, he and Putin "will have nothing more to talk about."

Western countries have repeatedly warned that the results of referendums held by Russia will not be recognized.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State

Anthony Blinken

said that "Ukraine has an absolute right to self-defense of its entire territory, including the return of lands that were illegally seized by Russia in one way or another."

Blinken also repeated the words of US President Joe Biden that additional harsh sanctions will be imposed against Russia for holding the so-called referendums.

• Pseudo-referendums on joining Russia were held in the occupied territories of Ukraine ("DPR", "LPR" and parts of the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions) from September 23 to 27.

Voting was held in regions under military rule, where hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens fled the war and Russian occupation.