Fake referendums in Ukraine | Rejection from Germany

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The votes on joining Russia, which will take place in several regions of Ukraine, have been unanimously condemned by Germany and many other countries and organizations. They are considered sham referendums that violate international law and international recognition is excluded. An overview of the plans and reactions of Ukraine’s Western partners.

Where and when will the votes that have been condemned as sham referendums take place?

Voting will take place September 23-27 in the internationally unrecognized “people’s republics” of Lugansk and Donetsk in the east, the southern part of Kherson and the Zaporizhzhia region. Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared his support for votes in the occupied territories. This approach is reminiscent of the similar way in which Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea in 2014. The referendum there was also not recognized internationally.

The so-called referendums that are planned now, without Ukraine’s consent and without international supervision, raise fears that the Russian government considers any attack on Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia that occurs after the sham referendums as an attack in itself national territory.

What is the German government’s response to the plans?

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock used very clear language to condemn the votes. Such sham referendums will never be accepted, Scholz said, adding that they could “offer no justification for Russia’s intention to take its neighbor’s country or parts of its territory by force.” Scholz stressed, “In the world we live in, the law must prevail over violence, and violence cannot be stronger than the law.”

Foreign Minister Baerbock criticized the referendums as a “mockery” of Ukraine and the United Nations, saying the international community would make it clear “that we can never accept a so-called referendum under the threat of a weapon”.

How are other countries and organizations reacting?

Many Western democracies immediately condemned the announced referendums. Besides German Chancellor Scholz, the plans have been criticized by US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, EU foreign chief Josep Borrell and Turkey’s foreign ministry, among others. “We have the full support of our Western partners,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) called the so-called referendums illegal and a violation of the law of armed conflict. OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmid and other senior representatives of the organization said the results would have no legal effect.

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