Officials in two Moscow-occupied areas in southern Ukraine on Tuesday claimed victory in a referendum for a merger with Russia amid worldwide condemnation of a sham poll.
The native ballot physique within the southern Zaporizhzhia area stated 93.11 % of voters opted for Russian annexation after all of the ballots had been counted.
It nevertheless stated this was a preliminary end result.
In Kherson, additionally within the south, authorities stated 87.05 % of voters opted for Russian annexation after a vote rely was accomplished.
In the japanese Lugansk area managed by pro-Russia separatists, 91.2 % of the votes had been counted and the bulk favoured annexation by Russia, in keeping with native authorities.
“It is clear” that Lugansk will return to the Russian fold, Leonid Pasechnik, the chief of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic, stated on Telegram.
The United Nations in the meantime stated it was “committed” to Ukraine’s “territorial integrity” inside “recognised” borders.
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