Referendum on joining Russia to take place in rebel-held Ukraine

by Systematic

Novorossiya soldiers after taking Donetsk airport (via Hermius on Twitter)

In late autumn, the integration of the two Novorossiya republics, the DPR and LPR, into the structure of Russia will reach a qualitatively new level: it is expected that a month after holding local elections to the government of Novorossiya a referendum will be carried out which will put forth the question of the DPR and LPR joining the Russian Federation.

This was reported by a source close to Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the Donetsk republic.

“It was previously announced that local elections in the DPR will be held sometime in the beginning of the second half of October, and in early November in the LPR. So consider this. It turns out that the referendum is expected in the DPR in the second half of November and in the LPR in early December.

True, elections have only been declared but not scheduled. Kiev is not going to accept them, and therefore does not intend to make the necessary changes to the electoral laws. But there is a chance that these elections can be recognized by the OSCE, who doesn’t know all of the cunning and tricks of Kiev, so they should be carried out. And they will be carried out.

So, the referendum will be held a month following local elections,” the interviewee reported.

I think that no one has doubts about what kind of turnout and what kind of results there will be for such a referendum. Personally I assume that more than 90% of citizens of the DPR and LPR will vote for joining Russia.

I have had to repeatedly write and say that the people of Donbass want neither an “independent” DPR and LPR, nor an “independent” Novorossiya, but specifically the entry of these historically Russian territories into the Russian Federation.

I cannot personally doubt this, because during my trips to Donbass over a year, I repeatedly discussed this with those who are usually called common people, and they are primarily interested in only one question, which is the main one for them: when will Russia take us in? […]

Read in full Alexander Chalenko’s Will Novorossiya Vote to join Russia in Autumn? at Fort Russ

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Seamus Padraig
Seamus Padraig

Whatever the outcome of the election, I doubt Moscow will ever annex Donbass. Their goal is to force Kiev to abide by Minsk 2, establishing a federal, neutral Ukraine. That would benefit Russia as a whole far more than just annexing some small border region, leaving the rest of Ukraine in the hands of crazed, blood-thirsty Banderovtsy who are fanatically pro-NATO.

Still, if OSCE actually does deign to monitor the election, it would be a good talking-point to use against Porky, whether Moscow honors the result of the election or not.

Андрей (@drone012)

This is the real democracy, but not the same . that are declared in the United States.


Russias governments strategy would suffer if that happens. Putin et al seem to be very considerate when it comes to international law and agreements. But things might change to make that move necessary…..


Hmmm…I wonder if Russia would accept them, whatever the vote? There would be a lot of economic and political baggage attached for sure. Still, the vote itself would serve a wider political purpose I’m sure.