Kherson Regional Council confident that Russians will not be able to hold a “referendum”

OLENA ROCHCHIN – MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2022, 7:07 p.m.

The Russian occupation forces will not be able to hold a phased referendum in the near future, which they had previously scheduled for 9/11 [the single voting day in Russia].

Source: Oleksandr Samoilenko, head of the Kherson regional council, in a commentary for the Radio Liberty Novyny Pryazovia project (Pryazovya News)

Quote from Samoilenko“Indeed, there are reports that a unified ‘referendum’ is planned [to be held along] with [local] the elections taking place there in Russia; these are scheduled for 9/11. But, analyzing the events unfolding today, at least in Kherson Oblast and the city of Kherson, I can say with almost 100% certainty that there will be no “referendum” now”.

Details: The head of the regional council is convinced that the occupying forces are not ready to organize an illegal “referendum”.

“The [requisite electoral] commission, which will consist of seven people, has not even been formed yet, and even today they cannot bring together these seven people. I am 100% sure that no referendum will take place on the dates that have been chosen. And here again, I am sure that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will make adjustments to the occupiers’ plans,” Samoilenko added.

Previously:

  • On August 29, the Kakhovka Task Group reported that Ukrainian defenders had destroyed almost all major bridges near Kherson and breached the first Russian line of defense in Kherson Oblast.

Background:

  • On August 7, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that if Russia held its so-called referendums in the occupied territories of southern Ukraine, it would rule out the possibility of future negotiations with Ukraine.

  • On August 8, Dmitriy Peskov, press secretary to the Russian president, falsely claimed that the Russian occupation authorities were not involved in the organization of the so-called “referendums” in the occupied territories of the Ukrainian oblasts of Zaporizhzhia and of Kherson, and that referendums would be organized “by local residents” – although there was no intention to organize such “referendums” before the invasion of the Russian Federation.

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Elna M. Lemons