Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a bill on May 29 allowing regional “elections” in occupied territories of Ukraine, which are planned for September this year, as well as forced deportations of the local population.
Previously, Russian law did not allow to hold a vote in a territory under “martial law,” which is still in effect in the Russian-occupied parts of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts.
The bill also allows the possibility of “forced and controlled movement of citizens from the territory where martial law is imposed to territories where martial law is not imposed.”
Moscow plans sham regional “elections” in an attempt to legitimize its illegal occupation.
This is in line with Moscow’s efforts to Russify the occupied areas.
In September 2022, the Kremlin staged illegal so-called “referendums” in the occupied territories on joining the Russian Federation.
Russia and its local proxies used coercion and mass falsification to produce favorable results, claiming nearly 100% support in some areas.
Subsequently, Putin claimed the “annexation” of these territories on Sep. 30.
Moscow’s troops do not have full control of these regions, and two regional capitals – Kherson and Zaporizhzhia – are under Ukrainian control.
Source : KyivIndependent