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Russia: Foreign observers claim that referenda take place 'under the norms' despite Western criticism06:32

Russia: Foreign observers claim that referenda take place 'under the norms' despite Western criticism

Russian Federation, Dzhankoi, Rostov region
September 25, 2022 at 14:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

Foreign observers from Italy and Togo visited polling stations for a referendum on becoming part of Russia, in Dzhankoi and Rostov-on-Don on Saturday.

The footage shows residents filling out ballot papers and throwing them into ballot boxes. The voting process is monitored by observers.

"We came as part of the Italian delegation. There are 130 observers in total, there are 13-14 people in the Italian delegation. We came here thanks to the Abkhaz Ambassador to Italy, Vito Grittani. At first glance, there is a normal impression of the referendum. Everything is under the norms as in Italy," Grazia Rosa noted.

The local governments of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), as well as those established in Kherson and Zaporozhye after the regions came under Russian control, announced earlier this week that the voting would take place from September 23-27.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he was ready to support the decisions taken, with his country prepared 'to provide the safe environment' and let the people 'express their will'.

However, on Friday, Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, described the exercise as a 'propaganda show'. President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the 'pseudo-referendum', while his press secretary Sergei Nikiforov claimed that the action meant there would be no chance of a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan described the votes as 'sham referenda', while President Joe Biden said 'Russia has violated the basic principles of the UN Charter' and had also made 'open nuclear threats against Europe'.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said their countries would not recognise the results, while EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell claimed those involved in organising them 'will be held accountable'.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the DPR and LPR.

Kiev condemned the action, while Zelensky ordered martial law and full mobilisation in February.

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Foreign observers from Italy and Togo visited polling stations for a referendum on becoming part of Russia, in Dzhankoi and Rostov-on-Don on Saturday.

The footage shows residents filling out ballot papers and throwing them into ballot boxes. The voting process is monitored by observers.

"We came as part of the Italian delegation. There are 130 observers in total, there are 13-14 people in the Italian delegation. We came here thanks to the Abkhaz Ambassador to Italy, Vito Grittani. At first glance, there is a normal impression of the referendum. Everything is under the norms as in Italy," Grazia Rosa noted.

The local governments of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), as well as those established in Kherson and Zaporozhye after the regions came under Russian control, announced earlier this week that the voting would take place from September 23-27.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that he was ready to support the decisions taken, with his country prepared 'to provide the safe environment' and let the people 'express their will'.

However, on Friday, Mykhailo Podolyak, advisor to the head of the Ukrainian President’s Office, described the exercise as a 'propaganda show'. President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the 'pseudo-referendum', while his press secretary Sergei Nikiforov claimed that the action meant there would be no chance of a diplomatic solution to the conflict.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan described the votes as 'sham referenda', while President Joe Biden said 'Russia has violated the basic principles of the UN Charter' and had also made 'open nuclear threats against Europe'.

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said their countries would not recognise the results, while EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell claimed those involved in organising them 'will be held accountable'.

Moscow launched the military offensive in Ukraine earlier this year, after recognising the independence of the DPR and LPR.

Kiev condemned the action, while Zelensky ordered martial law and full mobilisation in February.