Russian dictator Vladimir Putin signed a decree marking Sept. 30 a “reunification day” commemorating Russia’s unlawful annexation of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson oblasts, the Russian information outlet Interfax reported on Sept. 28.
On Sept. 30, 2022, Russia signed “treaties” with Moscow’s proxies within the 4 occupied areas, declaring them a part of the Russian Federation.
The signing adopted a collection of sham referendums within the areas.
Residents of the occupied areas reported that native authorities used intimidation ways and threats of violence to pressure folks to vote within the referendums.
This yr, Putin recorded a video deal with congratulating residents of the occupied territories on the anniversary of “reunification.”
“A yr in the past, on September 30, a defining, really historic and life-changing occasion befell: agreements have been signed on the accession of 4 new topics to the Russian Federation,” Putin mentioned.
On Sept. 29, the Russian Protection Ministry announced it will start enlisting residents of the occupied territories as a part of its twice-yearly navy conscription marketing campaign.
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