After the fake referendums in Ukraine: ‘We are all very worried’

Status: 09/26/2022 05:04 AM

In Russian agencies, we see jubilant people who say that referendum days are public holidays. But the picture is deceptive. Voices from southern Ukraine.

Written by Silke Dietrich, ARD Studio Kyiv

We are not supposed to give her her name or the city she lives in. The young woman lives in the Zaporizhia region, in one of the territories occupied by the Russians. She did not want to participate in the mock vote, and fortunately no one came.

But she is very afraid of what could happen in her city after this mock vote: “Everyone here is very worried, especially about partial Russian mobilization,” she said. “Everyone understands that it can affect us too. If it is implied to Russia, then it is likely that our men will also be called. There are already rumors that volunteer battalions are being formed here. I do not know if this is true, but people are talking about it. “

Survey workers with soldiers

Several of her acquaintances have tried to leave the city in the past few days. However, men between the ages of 18 and 35 were banned from leaving the country. Schools and kindergartens in her city have been closed since Friday, and Russians have now set up fake polling stations in some of them.

The election officials were already standing at her parents’ door accompanied by the soldiers. But they were not forced to vote. Her cousin had checked the box to stay in Ukraine. It is said that the so-called election workers did not even ask for identity papers.

“I think anyway, or rather: I’m sure these votes don’t matter anyway. Everything is already decided, the vote is just a farce,” she says.

Loosely based on Stalin

A man of about 60 years old from Cherson, who reports via WhatsApp via voice message, sees it the same way. He immediately deleted it on his phone, just to be on the safe side. He says the Russians can eavesdrop on everything. His name should not be mentioned and he wants to alienate his voice.

To comment on the sham elections, he used an alleged quote from Stalin: “The people who voted do not decide anything. The people who voted It was excludedHe decided everything.

But even those who went to the polls would not understand this. In Cherson, a port city in southern Ukraine, many have fled since the start of the war. Especially young people and those in Ukraine:

“Among those here, there will certainly be many who are in favor of belonging to Russia. Even without being forced to do so. But the outcome of the elections will be purely fiction. The most important thing is probably,” he says sarcastically, “the turnout is no more than 100 percent.” .

Voting is not possible at all

Perhaps you will not go that far, but the young woman from Zaporizhia also says at the end of her voice message: “Yesterday you announced here on your local social channels that the turnout in the Zaporizhia region was 80% is of course nonsense.

Because no one knows exactly who is still living in the territories or who has escaped before. In some areas the fighting is so intense that voting is not possible under any circumstances.

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