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With staged referendums in Ukraine complete, Russia begins the annexation process

Added 09-28-22 09:07:02am EST - “Separatist leaders in occupied areas of Ukraine moved to join the Russian Federation ?" after claiming that the people there had chosen to join Russia, in referendums denounced by the West as a sham.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “With staged referendums in Ukraine complete, Russia begins the annexation process”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A man glues a referendum poster reading "Yes" in Berdyansk, Ukraine, on Monday. Stringer/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

MOSCOW — Moscow-backed separatist leaders in occupied areas of Ukraine moved quickly to issue formal appeals to join the Russian Federation on Wednesday — just hours after claiming overwhelming numbers of people there had chosen to join Russia in a series of highly controversial referendums.

The vote was widely condemned by Ukraine and its Western partners as a violation of international law — with ballots cast at gunpoint.

In Donetsk, the pro-Russian separatist leader Denis Pushilin praised a "colossal result" that saw 99.23% of residents in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic back an initiative to join Russia.

"To say we didn't expect such a result simply wouldn't be true," said Pushilin in a press conference in which he shrugged off Western criticism. "We've made history," he added.

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