Four areas of Ukraine occupied by pro-Moscow forces are preparing to hold referendums on formally joining Russia, in a move widely seen as a forgone conclusion in support of annexation.
The referendums, which run counter to international law upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty, could pave the way for Moscow to frame the ongoing Ukrainian counteroffensive as an attack on Russia itself.
Polling is set to take place over five days from Friday to Tuesday.
The questions on the ballot vary slightly depending on the region.
- In the Donetsk People’s Republic, the question, presented only in Russian, will be: “Are you in favor of joining of the DPR to the Russian Federation on the rights of a subject of…