- Sputnik International, 1920, 20.09.2022
Donbass, Kherson & Zaporozhye Referendums to Join Russia
On September 19, the civic chambers of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics appealed to authorities to hold referendums to become part of Russia. The initiative was joined by the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

DPR Civic Chamber Urges for Immediate Referendum to Become Part of Russia

© SputnikHead of the Civil Chamber of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Kofman
Head of the Civil Chamber of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Kofman - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.09.2022
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Earlier in the day, the Civil Chamber of another Donbass republic, the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), urged the local government to hold a referendum to join Russia. The LPR government is yet to respond to the request.
Head of the Civil Chamber of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Alexander Kofman has urged the republic's authorities to hold a referendum to join Russia "immediately".
"It's time to erase the non-existent border between our states, as it has long been erased in our hearts, and to hold a referendum on the issue of DPR joining the Russian Federation," Kofman said.
The head of the Civil Chamber said that the DPR's people want a Russian border to separate them from Ukraine. The latter has been shelling the republic's territory for eight years since it declared its independence due to a nationalist coup in Kiev in 2014.
Russia recognized the DPR in February 2022 and signed a friendship treaty with the republic. Two days later, Moscow responded to a request from the DPR and its fellow Donbass republic – Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) – to defend them against Ukrainian attacks, thus starting the special military operation.
Votes counted for elections in the Lugansk People's Republic - Sputnik International, 1920, 19.09.2022
Donbass, Kherson & Zaporozhye Referendums to Join Russia
LPR Civic Chamber Calls to Immediately Hold Referendum to Make Lugansk Part of Russia
The LPR's Civil Chamber too expressed desire earlier today that authorities hold a referendum to join Russia. The head of the chamber later noted that holding a referendum is a matter of more than one day, but expressed hope that it will be held soon.
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