Russian agents in occupied Ukrainian territories are knocking on residents’ doors and pressuring them to vote to formally join Russia, Ukrainian officials said Friday.
The Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia and Kherson provinces, along with the defected Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, are holding a referendum on September 23-27 to decide whether they will be annexed by Russia.
“When a person checks ‘no’ on a ‘ballot’, it is recorded in a ‘notebook,'” said Serhiy Hayday, the governor of Ukraine for the Luhansk region. I have written On his telegram channel of the election visit of a Russian agent.
Haidai added that Russian agents were accompanied by armed men on door-to-door visits.
Kyiv and its Western allies have denounced the referendum as a “show” and an illegal land grab by Moscow.
Most of the referendum will be held at home “as a safety measure,” said Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti. report.
Rallies held in several Russian cities in support of ongoing referendum, media reportstate officials, students and political activists were reportedly transported to the event.
The referendum was announced a day before President Vladimir Putin declared a “partial” mobilization of the Russian military reserve. This is a move aimed at strengthening Moscow’s weakened manpower in the seven-month-long invasion of Ukraine.
Deputy Press Secretary of the Council of the Russian Federation Said Any attack on Russia’s occupied territories in Ukraine during and after the referendum would be considered an attack on Russia itself.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/09/23/armed-russian-proxies-in-ukraine-pressure-locals-to-vote-on-annexation-official-a78878 Armed Russian agents in Ukraine pressure locals to vote for annexation – official