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Occupied regions of Ukraine vote to join Russia in staged referendums

Added 09-27-22 01:07:02pm EST - “The so-called referendums ?" which Ukraine, the U.S. and others have denounced as shams ?" are widely viewed as an initial Kremlin move toward formal Russian annexation of the territories.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Occupied regions of Ukraine vote to join Russia in staged referendums”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The roots of Russia's invasion of Ukraine go back decades and run deep. The current conflict is more than one country taking over another; it is — in the words of one U.S. official — a shift in "the world order."Here are some helpful resources to make sense of it all.

Konstantin Ivashchenko, former CEO of the Azovmash plant and appointed pro-Russian mayor of Mariupol, visits a polling station as people vote in a referendum in Mariupol on Tuesday. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Konstantin Ivashchenko, former CEO of the Azovmash plant and appointed pro-Russian mayor of Mariupol, visits a polling station as people vote in a referendum in Mariupol on Tuesday.

KHARKIV AND ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, and MOSCOW — Four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine appeared to vote overwhelmingly in favor of joining the Russian Federation, according to early returns reported by Russian state media. Ukraine and its international partners have dismissed the highly controversial referendums as shams and a violation of international law.

The Russian-run referendum votes took place over five days, from Sept. 23 through Sept. 27, despite international outrage.

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