After months of conflict in the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine, new developments are taking place. After the civil war that started in Ukraine in 2014, the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which declared their independence unilaterally in 2015 and officially recognized by Russia, decided to hold a referendum on joining Russia.
REFERENDUM DECISION WAS MADE IN PLACES OCCUPED BY RUSSIA
While the people’s congresses of the Kherson, Zaporizhia and Melitopol regions under Russian occupation discussed the decision of Donetsk and Luhansk to hold a referendum for accession to Russia, resolutions were also issued in these regions to support the holding of a referendum.
EVEN THE REFERENDUM DATE IS KNOWN
While the decision to hold a referendum on September 23 and September 27 was announced in separate statements made by the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, the statement made by Luhansk said, “During the meeting, the members of the People’s Council decided to connect the Luhansk People’s Republic to the Russian Federation as part of the Russian Federation. They adopted the law on the referendum on
“DONBASS IS GOING HOME”
In his speech at the people’s congress, Donetsk Region President Denis Pushilin said, “Donbass is returning home. I think it is timely. A vote will be held, taking into account the security we must provide for all citizens who will attend. Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin), in case of a positive decision in the referendum, Donetsk I request you to consider the issue of the accession of the People’s Republic to the Russian Federation as soon as possible,” he said.
RUSSIA POSITIVELY WELCOME
Commenting on the referendum decisions in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of the Donbass region of Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, “We said that from the very beginning and before the special military operation, the peoples should decide their fate. The peoples of the Donbass want to be the masters of their own destinies.”
“IF REFERENDUM IS ACCEPTED, USA WILL NOT ACCEPT RUSSIA’S CLAIMS”
The first reaction from the US side to this development, which is on the agenda of the world, came from US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. “We know that Russia will use a so-called referendum to annex the territory of Ukraine. This referendum is against the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity, it undermines the international system and the United Nations charter. Let me be clear, if this referendum takes place, the United States will not do anything,” Sullivan said at the White House daily press briefing. time will not accept Russia’s claims.” used the phrase.
REACTED FROM NATO
NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg also made a statement on social media regarding the elections that the separatists will organize in Donetsk, Luhansk and Kherson in eastern Ukraine.
Stating that “fake elections have no legitimacy”, Stoltenberg stated that the elections will not bring any change in Russia’s war against Ukraine. “This means further escalation of Putin’s war. The international community should condemn the clear violation of international law and increase its support for Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said. used the phrase.