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  1. So, bets on turnout being over 100% in favour of joining Russia?

  2. >Voting began Friday in Moscow-held regions of Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials there said.

    >The Kremlin-orchestrated referendums, which have been widely denounced by Ukraine and the West as shams without any legal force, are seen as a step toward annexing the territories by Russia.

    >The votes are being held in the Luhansk, Kherson and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions.

    >The vote, which asks residents if they want their regions to be part of Russia, is certain to go Moscow’s way. That would give Russia the pretext to claim that attempts by Ukrainian forces to regain control are attacks on Russia itself, dramatically escalating the seven-month war.

  3. Crimea all over again

  4. Imagine if the residents still voted overwhelmingly to reject Russian rule, and it slipped the “checking” process

  5. So many videos of open ballot stuffing in the previous Russian election was joke enough now mixed with the “that sure is a flammable village you live in, be careful who you vote for.”

  6. A vote isn’t a vote when the only options are “join Russia” or “don’t join Russia, but become an independent republic” and there’s zero option for “maintain the status quo”.

  7. I am sure 137% of the population will vote “yes”. And vote will be not rigged at all.

  8. This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.timesofisrael.com/sham-vote-on-russian-annexation-begins-in-occupied-parts-of-ukraine/) reduced by 84%. (I’m a bot)
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    > KYIV, Ukraine – Voting began Friday in Moscow-held regions of Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials there said.

    > As the votes was getting underway in the occupied regions, Russian social media sites were full of dramatic scenes of tearful families bidding farewell to men departing from military mobilization centers.

    > Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, addressed the occupied regions Friday in an online statement, saying: "If you decide to become part of the Russian Federation – we will support you.”

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  9. Why even bother pretending to be the will of the people? Nobody, not even in Russia believes it.

  10. This is nothing more than a Russian ploy to justify the use of nuclear weapons against Ukraine to defend “Russia’s” territory.

  11. As a Russian I don’t believe these referendooms will be legitimate. It’s just an theatrical performance for the brainwashed. While I do understand that there must be a number of people who do really want to be part of Russia, I still think that the majority don’t want to.

    Also, nobody actually asked us if WE want these territories to join. Because we sure as hell don’t want them and don’t need them.

  12. I don’t think anyone in the world actually cares about this. It’s just Theatre for Vatniks.

    We need to continue sending aid and especially heavy weapons to Ukraine to end the war quickly

  13. I am sure 146% of population will “vote” yes. And vote will be known as the most fair vote in history. Not rigged at all.

  14. Republican representatives from Texas and Florida and Rudy Giuliani are on their way to help ensure the “integrity” of the election.

  15. Why does Russia say the annexed part of Ukraine get a vote to decide if they want to be part of Russia, but the rest of Ukraine doesn’t get decide if they want to be part of Russia? They just invade them.

  16. And if you don’t vote Russia you might suffer from a fall in the near future

  17. *points gun at everyone’s head” I said we RUSSIA today!

  18. I guess to vote one should kiss the picture of Putin?

  19. There is no vote. There is just Russia saying that there is a “vote”. I mean, it’s an online “referendum” that they put together in two days on territories where many people currently down have internet.

    The “vote” is likely one drunk student typing random numbers into an excel sheets.

  20. Nobody even has to go vote, the results are already known

  21. Jesus fegging Christ can people at least quit making the same stupid “one hundred and whatever percent” joke like a bunch of parrots.

    Nobody seems to actually read what the institute for the study of war has been saying for weeks about identity theft and constructive erasure of Ukrainians’ nationality in the occupied zones. Or what it will mean for them. This isn’t going to end things for Ukraine, but it is a *fucking big deal*.

    I’ll apologize later for being rude. Maybe. But I really struggle with the flippancy. It’s so disrespectful. You wouldn’t make jokes like this about Ukrainian civilians being killed. Nobody jokes about the abductions and murders and torture, or the thefts and the rapes, or the “russification” of these people’s children. But you joke about this and you should not. It is genocidal. It’s virtual abduction.

  22. Why ‘sham’ vote? Is this propaganda or news?

  23. Anyone who votes to be in Russia should get their wish granted once the Ukrainians have reconquered their occupied territories.

  24. Pretty sad. When Putin claims those regions, any attack on them would be considered an attack on Russia in Putins deranged mind.

  25. They should first learn how to organize fair elections in their own country before trying to organize votes in other people’s lands.

  26. “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.“

  27. Well I guess some people will waste some time on a weekend. Won’t mean anything to anyone mind you. You enjoy though 😉🤣

  28. And then any attempt to take back the officially annexed parts will be seen as a direct attack on Russia and used to justify a more severe response. Also, if your house and garden are now officially in Russia, bureaucrats can give you the choice of accepting Russian citizenship or being made to move out of Russia.

  29. I’m guessing Erich Koch was unavailable.

  30. It’s classic colonisation tactics. This is how the British partitioned Ireland 100 years ago. Its not also not a legitimate referendum so I fear it will also have a low turnout of Ukrainians.

  31. Voters don’t matter it’s those who count the Ballots that matter but in truth Russia can present this in any way they want it will not stop Ukraine taking back what is rightfully theirs

  32. They’re trying, just like a child cheating in a test, to use proper numbers instead of round 90% or such.

    Mark my words, we’ll be seeing some 87% and 76% voted that are already ridiculous when they have explicitly said ‘don’t come here to vote, we’ll come door to door to gather your votes’ and that screams foul play to me.

    Well, everything concerning ruZZia screams foul play.

  33. No one in the world will recognize an “election” put on by Russia. And nobody will recognize those territories as a part of Russia.

    Putin is losing at every move

  34. There’s not enough people in Luhansk or Donetsk to justify a referendum.

    It would be like If Tucson Arizona voted to secede and then join Mexico.

  35. Why is sham in quotes?
    It is truly a sham referendum.

  36. Seems legit

  37. There’s no need to put ‘Sham’ between inverted commas in the title.

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