According to Stremousov, the civil-military administration and electoral commissions are preparing for the referendum and “there are a lot of issues” that need to be resolved. The Zaporizhia CAA reported that the referendum is scheduled for the first half of September =”The Kherson VGA supported the idea of a referendum on the same day as Zaporozhye” />
It would be right to hold a referendum on the entry of the Kherson region into Russia on the same day as the Zaporozhye region, Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, told TASS (this region has been controlled by Russian forces since mid-March).
“Yes , it would be nice if we spent one day. It would be right to hold the referendum on the same day. And how it will be, we will look at the situation,»,— said Stremousov.
According to him, the civil-military administration and election commissions are preparing for the referendum and “there are a lot of issues” that need to be resolved before it.
< p>Volodymyr Rogov, a member of the main council of the military-civilian administration (CMA) of the Zaporizhia region, said earlier that the referendums on joining Russia in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions could take place on the same day. The CAA administers the territory occupied by the Russian authorities, the city of Zaporozhye remains under the control of Ukraine.
According to Rogov, holding a referendum on the same day is “quite realistic” and this is the “optimal option”. He added that everything will depend on the security situation, but for now, the voting is scheduled for the first half of September.
RBC sources said that the main option being considered in the Kremlin, — first organize referendums in the DPR and LPR, since people there do not need to be additionally persuaded to vote for joining Russia. And in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, “many people who are “for Russia” are still afraid to openly express their support,” and before organizing anything, you must first reassure and interest the population, one of the interlocutors noted. Referendums in the LNR and DNR— this is “also one of the ways to prepare the population [of other territories]”, the source said.
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In addition, in other territories, authorities and election commissions loyal to Moscow have not yet been fully formed, added one of the interlocutors of RBC. There is also a shortage of public opinion leaders, said another.
Ukraine considers the territories lost since the end of February to be occupied. According to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered the army to retake the southern coastal territories. And Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk called on residents of the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to evacuate, including through Crimea.