Washington says a senior Russian official plans to hold a referendum in occupied Ukraine.
A senior Russian official has been instructed to arrange “Simulator” A referendum on annexation of Ukrainian territories to Russia will be held soon, US State Department spokesman Vedant Bate said on Tuesday.
Sergei Kriyenko, the deputy head of the Russian presidential administration and close to Vladimir Putin, is overseeing the effort. “Attack linked to Russia” Ukrainian territories, “If it is conducted, it is illegal”Mr. Patel said during a press conference.
The White House had already warned on August 24 that Moscow could announce one or more referendums “illegal” in occupied Ukraine in the coming weeks. “The fake referendum will attempt to give legitimacy to an apparent land grab that violates the Ukrainian constitution and international law.”Mr Patel continued. “The United States and the international community know the truth, which is that all of Ukraine is and will always be Ukraine.”he added.
The US executive indicated on August 24 that the referendums could be held in the separatist regions of Kherson (south), Zaporizhia, Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as in the country’s second-largest city, Kharkiv.
Crimea was annexed by Russia in March 2014 after intervention by Russian special forces and a referendum condemned as illegal by Kiev and the West.
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