“It is absolutely clear that these pseudo-referendums will not be recognized because they have no basis in international law and treaties created by the international community,” DPA quoted Scholze as saying.
“All this is just an attempt at imperialist aggression,” Scholz also said about the planned referendums. He added that Ukraine has every right to defend the integrity and sovereignty of its territory and its democracy.
Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic, entities in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists, announced today that they will hold a referendum on joining Russia between September 23 and 27. Such popular votes are also to be held in the Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine’s Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. According to Western media, the annexation of these territories would provide Russia with a pretext for general mobilization, as the Ukrainian counter-offensive could be interpreted as an intrusion into Russian territory.
In a similar way, Russia annexed the Ukrainian Crimea in 2014. The results of the referendum at that time are not internationally recognized.
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