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.
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.
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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