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Fictitious Annexation Follows 'Voting' at Gunpoint

By Human Rights Watch
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Click to expand Image A Russian officer guards a polling station in the city of Luhansk, Ukraine, which is occupied by Russia, Tuesday, Sept 27, 2022 © 2022 AP Photo Vladimir Putin has just signed a document claiming to annex four Russia-occupied Ukrainian territories in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions. Days before, Russia purported to hold “referendums” in these areas, with hastily staged “voting,” in some cases at gunpoint. Just like the so-called referendum in Crimea in 2014, they hold no legal value and don’t provide a basis for annexation or transfer of sovereignty.…

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