The referendums of incorporation to Russia in the Ukrainian territories controlled by Russian forces, to whom Ukraine denies any legitimacy, they entered their third day today, while military operations continue without respite on the front line.
The administrations installed in the territories under the control of the Russian Army denounced a resurgence of Ukrainian attacks in an attempt to frustrate the votes, which according to the pro-Russians are being carried out successfully.
At least two people, including former Ukrainian deputy Alexei Zhuravko, died today in a missile attack on a hotel in Kherson, the capital of the homonymous region of Ukraine, controlled almost entirely by the Russian Army, according to supporters of The Kremlin.
“Today, at approximately 05:30 in the morning (02:30 GMT) the Ukrainian armed formations launched a missile attack on the building of the Play Hotel by Ribas, in which journalists are staying,” said the interim city administration on its channel. from Telegram.
According to the pro-Russian authorities, who described the attack as a “terrorist act”, the building “was not used for military purposes, and only journalists and hotel staff were in it.”
“There is very little left for the Kherson region to return to the great Russian family. Despite the attacks, people are actively voting,” Vice President of the Russian Senate, Andréi Turchak, said today in Kherson, quoted by the official TASS agency.
The legislator, secretary of the General Council of the ruling party Russia, stressed that in the coming days the situation of the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions and the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, the four territories where the celebrations are held, will be formalized “de iure”. referendums on joining Russia.
Voting will conclude next Tuesday and Moscow has already announced that in the event that the option of joining Russia wins, which is taken for granted due to the circumstances in which the consultations are held, that it will not delay the annexation of those territories.
“I am convinced that this will happen quite quickly,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov said.
A Russian parliamentary source quoted by TASS noted that “most likely, the incorporation (to Russia) of those territories will be formalized already on September 30.”
The kyiv government has made it clear that it will not accept its results and that it will not change its strategy on the battlefield, where Russia has suffered heavy defeats in the seven-month military campaign in both the north and northeast of Ukraine.
“Ukraine has every right to liberate its territories and will continue to do so, regardless of what Russia says,” Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said.
The United States, the European Union and the UN have expressed their rejection of the referendums and have announced that they will not recognize their results.
The referendums were hastily organized and announced three days before the vote began, a decision that has been interpreted as a prelude to an escalation of Russian military action in Ukraine to deal with the setbacks of recent weeks.
The day after the call for the referendums, last Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of reservists, a measure that ultra-nationalist sectors had been demanding months ago.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the mobilization affects 300,000 reservists and rank-and-file soldiers and non-commissioned officers up to 35 years old, lower-ranking officers up to 50 years old, and higher-ranking officers up to 55 years old can be called up.
President of the Senate warns against irregular mobilization
However, recruitment offices do not always meet these criteria, which today led the president of the Federation Council or Russian Senate, Valentina Matviyenko, to ask regional authorities to prevent arbitrariness from being committed.
“It gives the impression that in some places they consider that it is more important to report quickly than to carry out an important state task well,” Matviyenko said on his Telegram channel, referring to cases of mobilization of parents of large families and other people who do not meet the selection criteria.
He stressed that these excesses are “absolutely inadmissible” that he considers that society’s negative reaction to them is “completely fair.”
The mobilization ordered by Putin has reactivated the protests in the country against the military campaign in Ukraine.
More than 2,000 people were arrested in the protest actions that took place this Thursday and Saturday in dozens of cities in the country.