In Kakhovka, Kherson region, during a round of house calls regarding the so-called referendum, residents are strongly encouraged to vote. A monetary reward is given for marking “required” on the ballot. One of the residents told RFE/RL on condition of anonymity for security reasons.
“Two partners walk with two military men, wearing masks and only their eyes are visible. They go to houses, pull doors. There are also those that do not open. Those who come to the door are threatened to sign the ballots. Those who sign and give the “required” answer are given 40,000 rubles each. And of course, there are neighbors who rent and tell which apartments people are in now,” the man said.
Due to war and hostilities, the editors are unable to independently verify these accounts.
Commands appointed by Russia in part of the Ukrainian territories occupied by Moscow, 23 September , which Moscow plans to use to annex them. The occupation authorities planned them for September 23-27.
After the occupying forces announced their intention to hold so-called referendums that this vote would have no real consequences, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called on international partners to condemn the intention of the Russian Federation to hold “fake referendums” in the occupied territories. lands. It is low to hold fictitious referendums.
The White House said Russia was trying to carry out the so-called and Washington does not recognize the results of such a vote.
source: radio svoboda