February 3, 2023

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Ukraine: Kherson decided to join Russia without a referendum

Russian media report that the occupying authorities of the Kherson region intend to appeal to Putin with a request to accept the region into Russia.

Russian news agencies cite information from Kirill Stremousov, “deputy head of the military-civilian administration”, quoting him:

“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.”

Occupation authorities, as he writes BB.LV, plan to create a pension and banking system “from scratch”:

“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.”

Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of Russia, said:

“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 must be clearly and carefully verified and evaluated by lawyers and lawyers. Because, of course, such fateful decisions must have an absolutely clear legal background justification, to be absolutely legitimate, as was the case with Crimea.”

Asked to elaborate on the referendum, Peskov stressed:

“I said what I wanted to say. I didn’t say anything about the referendum.”

As you know, Russia, which controls Kherson, began to appoint “its own” people to leadership positions in the city and region in April. Volodymyr Saldo, a three-time mayor of Kherson and a former member of the pro-Russian Party of Regions, became the region’s chairman. The Russian military appointed Oleksandr Kobts, a deputy of the Kherson city council, as 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” …

Meanwhile, as reported “Correspondent”, throughout Kherson, leaflets were posted offering rewards for the traitor to Ukraine, Kirill Stremousov. The Telegram channel writes that this is the work of the local underground. The text on the leaflets says that 500 thousand hryvnias are promised for the head of collaborator Kirill Stremousov.

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