The occupying authorities of the Kherson region are going to appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to “include” the region in Russia, reports Russian agencies with reference to the “deputy head of the military-civilian administration” Kirill Stremousov.
The Kherson region of Ukraine, which is under the control of the Russian military, is planned to join Russia without a referendum, Stremousov said. “No KhNR will be created on the territory of the Kherson region, there will be no referendums. This will be one single decree based on the appeal of the leadership of the Kherson region to the President of the Russian Federation, and there will be a request to include the region into a full-fledged region of the Russian Federation,” the agency quotes him as saying.
The plans of the occupying authorities “from scratch” to create a pension and banking system. “The Ukrainian side will not give a register of pensioners. We will build a banking system. Then we will move on when we can give people citizenship of the Russian Federation. We will not force anyone,” Kirill Stremousov said.
In turn, the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that “the decision to appeal to Russia with a request to accept the Kherson region as part of the Russian Federation should be made by the inhabitants of this region.” “This is a question that should be clearly and carefully verified and assessed by lawyers and lawyers. Because, of course, such fateful decisions must have an absolutely clear legal background, justification, be absolutely legitimate, as was the case with Crimea.” To a clarifying question about the referendum, Peskov replied: “I said what I wanted to say. I did not say anything about the referendum.”
Occupation authorities in Kherson
Since the end of April, Russia, controlling Khersonstart appoint to leadership positions in the city and region of their people. The Russians transferred the powers of the regional chairman to Vladimir Saldo, a former member of the pro-Russian Party of Regions and until 2012 three times the mayor of Kherson, said the head of the military administration of the region, Gennady Laguta, who left the region in March.
The Russian military made a deputy of the Kherson City Council Oleksandr Kobts the chairman of the Kherson city administration. The Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine called the seizure of the City Council and the change of leadership of the region and the city “a violation of the methods and customs of war.” Saldo and Kobtz are threatened with accusations of collaborationism and treason.
Announcing the invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Vladimir Putin argued that Russia’s plans “do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories.”