Russian-installed authorities in newly occupied territories in southern Ukraine are under increasing pressure from moscow and preparing to hold referendums on joining russia

Russia classifies the occupied areas as being under interim “civil-military administration” Local authorities are coercing the population into disclosing personal details in order to compose voting registers. Last month, the Moscow-installed military administration ruling the area around the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson said it was preparing to hold a referendum on joining Russia.

It will be a gross violation of the UN Charter. It is extremely important not allow russian attempts to go unchallenged or unpunished. We need to change the logic: to prevent russia from doing something, and not to respond to what happened.

In 2014, Russia illegally annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula following an illegal farce referendum

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