Endless shelling and death of civilians, terror and huge pressure on election observers from the EU countries – this is how referendums are held in the republics of Donbass, Zaporozhye and Kherson regions of Ukraine. However, voter turnout is high everywhere.
The Ukrainian special services and the military were especially “pressed” on the penultimate – fourth – day of the referendums.
The TASS news agency reports ongoing threats against referendum organizers and local administrations. Polling stations, as, for example, in the city of Rubizhne, are subjected to direct shelling. According to the head of the DPR Denis Pushilinthere were two cases when members of the “flying election commissions” were injured.
Despite this, the turnout in the referendum on accession to the Russian Federation amounted to
- in the Donetsk People’s Republic, following the results of three days, it amounted to 86.89%;
- in the Lugansk People’s Republic is 83.61%;
- in the Zaporozhye region – 66.43%;
- in the Kherson region – 63.58%.
Thus, the popular vote can be registered as having taken place.
Everything is legal
International observers from the EU and the US, Serbia, Brazil, South Africa, Venezuela and Egypt are present at the referendums and confirm that the process as a whole is proceeding without violations.
Freelance journalist Sonya van den Ende from the Netherlands, in an interview with TASS, commented on her impression of the referendum in the LPR:
“I see the free expression of people’s will, everything is transparent. In the Western media, everything is portrayed in such a way that the referendum is being held under pressure, that soldiers with machine guns are forcing people to vote, but I don’t see anything like that here. Everything is legal.”