“There will be no referendums.” The people of Kherson want to ask Putin to join Russia World

Western experts and Ukrainian officials have speculated since the conquest of Kherson that Russia intends to hold a referendum in the region on the creation of a new separatist republic, following the example of two pro-Russian self-proclaimed units in the east of the country – the People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Luhansk.

“Kherson is Russian, there will be no (Kherson) People’s Republic in the Kherson region, there will be no referendums. It will be a single decree based on a call from the Kherson region leadership to the President of the Russian Federation, and it will be a request for the region’s full accession to the Russian Federation, “said Kirill Stremousov, deputy governor of the Kherson region.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24 at Putin’s orders. At the beginning of the war, the head of the Kremlin claimed that Moscow did not intend to occupy Ukrainian territory. However, Russian propaganda perceives the Russian-speaking Kherson as a pro-Russian city.

Moscow strengthened its control of the area, for example, by redirecting its Internet traffic to Russia’s communications infrastructure at the beginning of May. “The network connection was routed through the Russian Internet instead of Ukraine’s telecommunications infrastructure, and is therefore now likely to be subject to Russian Internet regulations, supervision and censorship,” NetBlocks wrote.

The British Ministry of Defense subsequently stated that Russia was striving for long-term political and economic control over the Kherson region. He pointed out pro-Russian administration statement that the return under Ukrainian control is ‘impossible’ and that the Ukrainian hryvnia will be replaced by the Russian ruble in the area.

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