Putin proposes to celebrate occupation of Ukrainian territories in Russia
On Tuesday, September 12, Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted to the State Duma a bill to establish September 30 as the "day of reunification" of the Russian Federation and the occupied Ukrainian territories
This is stated in the relevant document.
It is noted that Putin wants to celebrate on September 30 "the day of reunification of the Donetsk People's Republic, Luhansk People's Republic, Zaporizhzhia region and Kherson region with the Russian Federation."
The explanatory note to the draft law states that the so-called reunification of the occupied Ukrainian regions with Russia is based on the "historical commonality of the peoples living in these territories."
It is stated that the law comes into force from the date of its official publication.
Annexation of Ukraine's territories: what is known
On September 20, 2022, the so-called "public councils" of the occupied Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions decided to hold "referendums" on the accession of these territories to the Russian Federation. Later, the decision to hold a pseudo-referendum was announced by the terrorist organizations LPR and DPR.
All "referendums" took place from September 23 to 27.
The head of the Kherson city military administration, Halyna Luhova, said that it was impossible to refuse to vote, because the occupiers would take a person to the basement for disobedience, and the consequences would be even worse.
And the head of the Kherson Regional Council, Oleksandr Samoilenko, said that a very small number of Ukrainians took part in the Russian pseudo-referendum in Kherson, not a single person was seen at the polling stations, even in the propagandists' videos.
Political expert Volodymyr Molchanov said that in the Kherson region, the "referendum" vote collectors are asking to vote for the dead and for those who have left.
As a result, the Russian invaders announced that they had counted 100% of the votes in the pseudo-referendum held in the occupied territories of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson regions.
On the evening of September 30, Vladimir Putin opened the way for the annexation of the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions: he signed decrees recognizing Kherson and Zaporizhzhia as "independent territories."
On the same day, the Russian leader signed "treaties" on "joining Russia" of the self-proclaimed "LPR" and "DPR", as well as Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.