Senior Russian official planning 'mock' referendum in occupied Ukraine, Washington says

Senior Russian official plans

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A senior Russian official has been tasked with staging a 'mock' referendum to annex Ukrainian territories to Russia, a US State Department spokesman said on Tuesday. this vote could take place quickly. 

Sergei Kiriyenko, deputy head of the Russian presidential administration and close to Vladimir Putin, oversees efforts to “attempt to annex to Russia” Ukrainian territories, “which, if carried out, would be illegal” , Vedant Patel said during a press briefing. 

The White House had already warned on August 24 that Moscow could announce one or more “illegitimate” referendums in occupied Ukraine in the weeks to come. come. 

“The sham referendum will try to lend a veneer of legitimacy to an overt land grab that would violate the Ukrainian constitution and international laws,” Patel continued. 

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“The United States and the international community know the truth, which is that all of Ukraine is and will remain Ukraine,” he added. on August 24 that these referendums could take place in Kherson (south), in Zaporizhia, in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as in Kharkiv, the country's second largest city.

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Crimea was annexed in March 2014 by Russia after an intervention by Russian special forces and a referendum on the attachment of stated as illegal by Kyiv and Westerners.