U.S.: If accepted, Putin’s “sham” referendums in Ukraine “will open a Pandora’s field”

The U.S. will introduce a UN Safety Council decision condemning Russia’s “sham” referendums in 4 occupied areas of Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield stated Tuesday.

Driving the information: As anticipated, Russian state media reported Tuesday that giant majorities within the areas both totally or partially managed by Moscow voted in favor of becoming a member of Russia.

  • Ukraine accused Russia of intimidating residents, some by gunpoint, into voting and spreading pro-Russia propaganda throughout the 5 days the Moscow-staged referendums befell in Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk.

The large image: The referendums are broadly anticipated for use as a pretext for Russia to annex the 4 occupied areas. The British Protection Ministry has warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin might announce the formal annexations as early as Friday, when he’s anticipated to deal with Russia’s parliament.

  • If annexed, Putin might try and painting any assault on the areas as an assault on Russia itself.

What they’re saying: “Russia’s sham referenda, if accepted, will open a Pandora’s field that we can’t shut,” Thomas-Greenfield informed the Safety Council Tuesday. “The push for Russia to institute and full these tried annexations destroy even the facade of legitimacy.”

  • The U.Ok.’s Deputy UN Ambassador James Kariuki added that “any referenda held below these circumstances, on the barrel of a gun,” can by no means be remotely near free and truthful.”
  • Thomas-Greenfield didn’t say when the U.S., together with Albania, would introduce the Safety Council decision, although Russia, which has veto energy, would possible block it.
  • “If Russia chooses to protect itself from accountability right here within the Council, we’ll then look to the UN Normal Meeting to ship an unmistakable message to Moscow,” Thomas-Greenfield stated.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia by way of the referendums of attempting to “erase the norms of worldwide regulation.”

  • “That is an try and steal the territory of one other state,” he informed the Safety Council through video hyperlink from Kyiv.
  • Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebensya, complained Zelensky was allowed to talk through video hyperlink, which he labeled as one of many Ukrainian president’s “P.R. stunts.”

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