Referendums to have no effect on Kiev’s stance — Zelensky

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KYIV, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 09: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is seen during his joint press conference with Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and Latvian President Egils Levits on September 9, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. As war wages in eastern Ukraine, Belarus' military drills near the border with Poland, EU nations are increasingly concerned over safety at their borders as well as the energy sources this winter. (Photo by Alexey Furman/Getty Images)

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Ukrainian President noted that one of the tasks of his country is more support for armed forces of Ukraine

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said Kiev’s stance and goals will remain unchanged despite the announcement about upcoming referendums in the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luganks (DPR and LPR), the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

“Our positions are not changed by noise and announcements from somewhere, and our partners fully support us on that,” Zelensky said in a video address.

“Our positions are clearly defined and well known, and this is what we should focus on. Our task is what is happening somewhere, but not something declared somewhere,” he went on, calling for “more support for the armed forces of Ukraine, more support for the intelligence, more support for the special operation forces, more support for the Security Service of Ukraine, the National Guard, police, border guards.”

Speaker of the LPR People’s Council (legislature) Denis Miroshnichenko said on Tuesday that the referendum on unifying with Russia will be held in the republic on September 23-27. Later, DPR head Denis Pushilin also announced that such a referendum will be held in the DPR in the same period.

The referendums on joining Russia in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions will also be organized on the same dates.


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