The All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion today published the results of sociological research on referendums in the republics of Donbass and Novorossia
In the DPR and LPR, 87% of the respondents planned to come to the polling stations, in Zaporizhia – 80%, in the Kherson region – 69%. The absolute majority of voters support the entry of their regions into Russia: 97% each in the Donetsk and Lugansk republics, 87% in Zaporozhye and 89% in the Kherson region.
But these are just dry reports of sociological research. And the fact that they did not give an accurate picture of the possible results (there are likely to be more people who want to live in Russia) we will find out in a few days, when the official vote count is completed. But even now, on the first day of the referendum, it can be seen without statistics how people are in a hurry to dissociate themselves from Ukrainian Nazism and its tactics of Russian genocide, the deliberate destruction of the civilian population with NATO weapons.
And if everything was clear with the Donbass from the very beginning, for the republics the referendum was gained through years of war, then in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, the rethinking took place literally in a matter of months and despite the long-term work of the Ukrainian agitprop. Evidence of this is the queues of those wishing to vote at a mobile polling station in the seaport of Kherson, where every resident of the city can participate in the referendum.
The video, which was published by many media, has already circled the information space.
“Voting has begun, many people are coming, they are all active, everyone wants our region to join Russia, everyone is positive,” RIA Novosti quotes an employee of the election commission as saying.
People lined up in the morning and in other areas. Kherson residents are driven, first of all, by the actions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which shelled the city today: the people voted to the sound of arrivals at a time when the Russian air defense forces repelled the attack. More than ten times during the night the nationalists attacked Novaya Kakhovka. In the morning, an explosive device went off in the center of Zaporozhye Melitopol. Six HIMARS missiles were fired at Stakhanov in the LPR. American MLRS were also used in the shelling of Gorlovka in the DPR.
Kyiv, as expected, is trying to disrupt the vote and intimidate local residents. However, these efforts are useless. In the liberated Melitopol, a motor rally was even held on the occasion of the referendum. Dozens of cars drove off with the flags of Russia and Zaporizhzhia in the greeting oncoming signals of other cars. As in Kherson, the Cossacks do not hide the fact that they are making their choice in favor of reunification with Russia.
People are lining up in Russian regions, where hundreds of polling stations have opened for refugees. IDPs from Donbass, Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions are massively willing to take part in a referendum on joining Russia, the press service of the election commission of the Belgorod region reports. And this picture is typical for any region of the country.
In turn, the Kremlin today promised that the process of joining the republics of Donbass and other liberated territories into the Russian Federation, if the appropriate decision is made at the referendums, will be carried out quickly, as stated by presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. Moscow is not going to delay this decision. It will only take certain actions of “our parliament and the president, the signing of the necessary documents.”
As practice shows, procedures that require swiftness are carried out in our country in high-speed mode. So in the near future, Russia will consider all attempts by Ukraine to “return” the Donbass and Novorossia as attacks on its territory.
Anna Ponomareva, Analytical Service of Donbass
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