10 December 2022,   05:11
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Moscow’s proxies in occupied Ukraine regions report big votes to join Russia

Russian-installed officials in occupied regions of Ukraine reported huge majorities on Tuesday in favour of becoming part of Russia after five days of voting in so-called referendums that Kyiv and the West denounced as a sham, writes Reuters.

Hastily arranged votes had taken place in four areas - the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and to the south Zaporizhzhia and Kherson - that make up about 15% of Ukrainian territory.

Luhansk authorities said 98.4% of people there had voted to join Russia. In Zaporizhzhia, a Russian-appointed official put the figure at 93.1%. In Kherson, the head of the voting committee put the “yes” vote at above 87%.

Denis Pushilin, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said 99.2% of participants in the region had voted to join Russia. All four areas said all ballots had been counted.

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