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Russia: Residents of respective territories 'want to be masters of their own destiny' - Lavrov00:23

Russia: Residents of respective territories 'want to be masters of their own destiny' - Lavrov

Russian Federation, Moscow
September 20, 2022 at 19:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the residents of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics - as well as those from Kherson and Zaporozhye - want to be 'the masters of their own destiny', after it was announced that the regions would hold votes on joining Russia in the coming days.

Lavrov made the remarks as part of the 'Moscow. Kremlin. Putin' programme on the 'Russia-1' TV channel on Tuesday. 

"From the very beginning of the special military operation, and indeed in the period before it, we said that people of the respective territories need to decide their own destiny. And the whole current situation confirms that they want to be the masters of their own destiny," the minister continued.

On Tuesday, the local administrations of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR), and those set up in Zaporozhye and Kherson after they came under Russian control, unveiled the referenda plans.

Voting is scheduled for September 23-27.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described them as 'sham' referenda', French leader Emmanuel Macron vowed that the international community would not recognise the results, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that they "cannot be accepted because they are not covered by international law".

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell responded "that the political leadership [of Russia], as well as all those involved in these 'referenda' and other violations of international law in Ukraine will be held accountable, additional restrictive measures against Russia will also be considered".

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists on Wednesday, saying it was to protect the sovereignty of both Russia and the breakaway regions. He also vowed to support the results of the votes, accusing the West of trying to "block and suppress any sovereign independent centres of development".

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the LPR and DPR. Kiev condemned the action, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered martial law and his own full mobilisation in February.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the residents of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics - as well as those from Kherson and Zaporozhye - want to be 'the masters of their own destiny', after it was announced that the regions would hold votes on joining Russia in the coming days.

Lavrov made the remarks as part of the 'Moscow. Kremlin. Putin' programme on the 'Russia-1' TV channel on Tuesday. 

"From the very beginning of the special military operation, and indeed in the period before it, we said that people of the respective territories need to decide their own destiny. And the whole current situation confirms that they want to be the masters of their own destiny," the minister continued.

On Tuesday, the local administrations of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (LPR and DPR), and those set up in Zaporozhye and Kherson after they came under Russian control, unveiled the referenda plans.

Voting is scheduled for September 23-27.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described them as 'sham' referenda', French leader Emmanuel Macron vowed that the international community would not recognise the results, while German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that they "cannot be accepted because they are not covered by international law".

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Josep Borrell responded "that the political leadership [of Russia], as well as all those involved in these 'referenda' and other violations of international law in Ukraine will be held accountable, additional restrictive measures against Russia will also be considered".

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists on Wednesday, saying it was to protect the sovereignty of both Russia and the breakaway regions. He also vowed to support the results of the votes, accusing the West of trying to "block and suppress any sovereign independent centres of development".

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the LPR and DPR. Kiev condemned the action, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered martial law and his own full mobilisation in February.