Vladimir Rogov, a member of the Main Council of the Russian-established “administration” of the Zaporozhye region, signed an order to hold a “referendum” on joining the region to Russia. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
At the same time, no exact date is given in the statement of the occupying authorities.
The propaganda agency uses the term "reunification with Russia" in its report. So in history they designate the transition of the Zaporizhzhya army and part of the territories of modern Ukraine (Hetmanate) to Russian citizenship in 1654. On June 8, 1648, the hetman of the army, Bogdan Khmelnitsky, addressed the request for unification and transfer to the service of Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich in a letter.
The day before, Volodymyr Zelensky said that Ukraine would not negotiate with Russia if it held "referendums" on accession in the parts of Ukraine occupied by it.
“If the occupiers follow the path of pseudo-referendums, they will close for themselves any possibility of negotiations with Ukraine and with the free world, which the Russian side will definitely need at some point.”
In July, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine Irina Vereshchuk called on residents of the occupied Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to evacuate "by all available means." According to her, staying in the territories controlled by the Russian Federation is dangerous, since the Ukrainian army intends to “de-occupy” them: “It will be huge battles. I don’t want to scare anyone, everyone understands everything anyway. ”
On June 11, the first Russian passports were issued in the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions of Ukraine. Vladimir Rogov, a member of the main council of the so-called military-civilian administration of the Zaporozhye region, said that the Zaporozhye region is going to become part of Russia "after the region is completely liberated from Ukrainian nationalists."
On May 6, Secretary of the General Council of United Russia Andrey Turchak visited Kherson. Speaking to local residents, he said that "Russia is here forever": "We will live together, develop this rich region, rich in historical heritage, rich in its people." In early May, the Russian-appointed "head" of the Kherson region, Kirill Stremousov , announced that the region would become part of Russia without any referendum. But less than a month later, he changed his plans and said that the referendum would still take place.