“Parody”, “simulacra”… The West castigates the annexation referendums planned by Russia

The authorities installed by Moscow in four regions of Ukraine announced on Tuesday September 20 the urgent holding from September 23 to 27 of “referendums” of annexation by Russia, in the midst of the Ukrainian counter-offensive. Russian President Vladimir Putin met with foreign diplomats and arms industry officials during the day, meaning he would stay the course.

The separatist powers of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions announced these votes, as did the Russian occupation authorities of Kherson and Zaporizhia (south). These elections, scheduled for this week, will take place as Ukraine enters its eighth month of war and all these areas are the subject of fighting.

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Western officials were quick to react to this announcement. Emmanuel Macron described as “parody” the announcement of the holding of referendums in four separatist regions of Ukraine, affirming that they will not have “no legal consequences”.

“Not covered by international law”

“I think it’s a travesty of what was announced by Russia. The only thing that exists is the war decided by Russia, the resistance of Ukraine and the end of the war that we want”added the French president on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said that “these fictitious referendums” that Russia intends to organize in several Ukrainian regions were “unacceptable”.

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“It is very clear that these mock referendums are not acceptable and are not covered by international law”he told reporters on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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“All this is only an attempt at imperialist aggression that we want to dress up in this way”added the Chancellor, calling on Russia to withdraw its troops.

“Russia hastily organizes sham referendums” in Ukraine, denounced the national security adviser of the White House.

“The United States will never recognize Russia’s claims to allegedly annexed parts of Ukraine”added Jake Sullivan during a press briefing.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg denounced the “mock referendums” organized by the authorities installed by Moscow in four regions of Ukraine, seeing “a new escalation of Putin’s war”.

“These sham referendums have no legitimacy and do not change the nature of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine”he tweeted. “The international community must condemn this flagrant violation of international law and strengthen its support for Ukraine”he added.

“Parody”, “simulacra”… The West castigates the annexation referendums planned by Russia