Ukraine war: Four Russian-occupied territories plan referendum in Russia, Putin announces 300,000 reserves to be mobilized – BBC News

September 21, 2022 at 8:17 am

Last updated: 7 hours ago

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With much of Donetsk and Zaporozhye still under Ukrainian control, it’s hard to know exactly how these referendums will play out.

Four Moscow-controlled regions of Ukraine have announced plans to hold a so-called emergency referendum on whether to join Russia, which would pave the way for Russia to annex them.

The Russian offensive has slowed down in recent months, while Ukraine has regained territory in the north-east.

Now, some Russian-backed officials in the southeast say they want to start a referendum this week on whether to join Russia.

Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 following a referendum that drew international condemnation.

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