Referendum: choosing the future – KP.RU

A historic moment is approaching.  Soon a referendum on joining Russia will be held in the Zaporozhye region.

A historic moment is approaching. Soon a referendum on joining Russia will be held in the Zaporozhye region.

– At the initiative of the inhabitants of the Zaporozhye region, a referendum is being prepared. Mechanisms are being worked out. The referendum will determine what the inhabitants of the Zaporizhia region want and how they want to live, – said the head of the regional administration Yevhen Balitsky.

According to him, requests to hold a referendum were received by local authorities repeatedly. Including from the labor collectives of enterprises. In general, as Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the regional administration, assured, most of the population of the Zaporozhye region wants to quickly return to their native harbor and become part of Russia. People understand that only by becoming a subject of the Russian Federation, the Zaporizhia region can receive security guarantees. Therefore, the referendum will pass, even if Kyiv tries in every possible way to prevent this.


Crimea and Sevastopol were once in a similar situation. Eight years ago, their inhabitants once and for all said goodbye to the Ukrainian past. In 2014, more than a million Crimeans voted for joining Russia. The choice was made almost unanimously – more than 96% of the inhabitants of the peninsula chose a future with Russia. The referendum was held on March 16, and already on the 18th, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on the admission of Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia.

– We have gone through a rather difficult path in this regard, – recalls the Crimean political scientist Nikolai Filippov. – Only the Republic of Crimea could apply for inclusion in the Russian state, not being part of another state, but being an independent unit. For several hours, the republic had an independent status in order to comply with all norms of international law. Before that, we were an autonomy within Ukraine, so we could make such decisions. In addition, at that time there was no legitimate government in Kyiv.

The Russian tricolor is now everywhere in Melitopol: on buildings, on posters, in the hands of citizens.  Photo: Anna Sadovnikova

The Russian tricolor is now everywhere in Melitopol: on buildings, on posters, in the hands of citizens. Photo: Anna Sadovnikova


Denis Baturin also does not rule out a powerful information impact from Ukraine on citizens and politicians who support the separation of the region. And the closer the date of the referendum, the harder the Nazis will spread fakes:

– At the same time, it is possible that by the time the referendum is held, the special operation will move the borders of the territory controlled by Ukraine and partially these threats will be leveled. Information impact, of course, will remain, but it will be less.

As for the choice that residents of the Zaporozhye region can make, it is beyond doubt.

– I am deeply convinced that the Cossacks will respond to this referendum en masse and organizationally everything will be done just as flawlessly as it was with us in 2014. I think that the historical attraction of the inhabitants of this region has not weakened in relation to Russia. It was simply muffled by the nationalist reality, which tried to keep them in fear, – Vladimir Formanchuk, head of the Civic Chamber of Crimea, expresses his point of view.


The main slogan of the Zaporozhye region “We are together with Russia” is becoming more and more meaningful. Not so long ago, 10 tons of humanitarian aid from Sevastopol arrived in the liberated Melitopol. Food packages, medicines, personal hygiene products and other things were brought from the hero city.

Not so long ago, Sevastopol took patronage over Melitopol, and other regions of the Zaporozhye region are actively assisted by the Tver, Novgorod and Penza regions.



In the Zaporozhye region since July 20, the cost of utilities has become several times lower. The heating tariff has decreased from 2745.5 rubles. per Gcal up to 1160.33 rubles. for Gcal. Cossacks will also pay less for water – the tariff for hot water supply has changed from 157.19 rubles. per cubic meter to 77.67 rubles, and for cold – from 32.69 rubles. per cubic meter up to 25.02 rubles. The cost of wastewater disposal also decreased three times – from 31.5 rubles. up to 11.61 rubles. per cubic meter.


In the temporary regional center of the Zaporozhye region, Melitopol, the curfew was reduced. Previously, it operated from 21.00 to 5.00. Now it starts at 22.00.

Recall that during the special operation, the Russian military liberated the Kherson region and the Azov part of the Zaporozhye region. New administrations have been formed in the regions, Russian TV channels and radio stations have begun broadcasting, and trade ties with Crimea are being restored. The regions announced plans to hold referendums and become subjects of Russia. Melitopol is considered a temporary regional center, since the current capital, the city of Zaporozhye, is under the control of the Ukrainian army.



Cinema “Victory” in Melitopol awaits guests every day. Photo: Administration of the city of Melitopol

Cinema “Victory” in Melitopol is working again. Residents of the city are waiting for more than ten sessions in three halls daily. The Gorky Park was also opened for visitors. The favorite place of the townspeople was not taken up by the Ukrainian authorities for years, and now the park has been repaired with the help of Russian chefs. In the main park of Melitopol, all attractions have already been restored, and a mini-zoo will open soon – it will contain about 30 species of animals.

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