The Ministry of Foreign Affairs “did not hear” about the preparation of a referendum on the accession of Kherson

Kherson region has been under the control of the Russian army since March 15. Earlier, the head of the Civic Chamber of Crimea announced a possible referendum in the region. The Foreign Ministry said they “have not heard anything” about this

Andrei Rudenko

The Russian Foreign Ministry is not aware of the preparation of a referendum in Kherson on joining Russia. About this “Interfax” Andrey Rudenko, deputy head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, said.

“I didn’t hear anything,”— said Rudenko, answering a related question.

The Russian military took full control of Kherson on March 2. “Civil infrastructure, life support facilities of the local population and urban transport of the city are operating on a daily basis,” — Igor Konashenkov, a spokesman for the department, said. The Kherson region became the first region under full control of the Russian military, this happened on March 15.

At the request of Roskomnadzor, RBC provides data on the details of the military operation in Ukraine based on information from Russian official sources.

A military commandant's office is now operating in the Kherson region, representatives of local authorities specified to RBC. Igor Kolykhaev remained mayor of Kherson, he has held this post since 2020 (he won with almost 64% of the vote). According to Kolykhaev, since the beginning of the Russian special operation, about 15% of the residents have left the city.

Earlier, the head of the Civic Chamber of Crimea, Alexander Formanchuk, announced that the Kherson region could become part of Russia following a referendum. “This is a zone of vital interest for Crimea as an integral part of the Russian Federation,” — he noted. According to him, Russia cannot “lose these lands”, and they must become part of Russia, like the DPR, LPR, Nikolaev region and Odessa region.

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On April 24, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that Kyiv would come out negotiations with Moscow in the event of holding referendums on the territory of the regions taken by the Russian army.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on 24 February. President Vladimir Putin called its goal the protection of the inhabitants of Donbass, “demilitarization and denazification” neighboring state.

The President also stressed that Moscow's plans do not include the occupation of Ukrainian territories. According to him, all peoples have the right to self-determination, while the inhabitants of Donbass “have never been asked how they want to arrange their lives.” “And we think it's important that this right— the right to choose— could use all the peoples living on the territory of today's Ukraine. Anyone who wants it, — Putin said.

The Ministry of Defense stated that it only strikes military infrastructure. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called the plan to liberate the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics a priority.


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