After the announcement of numerous referendums on joining Russia in the DNR and LNR, as well as in the Zaporozhye and Kherson destinies, many have questions about the future of the city of Zaporozhye, the only center of the region under the control of the UAF. On September 25, the attention of Russian expert Yuriy Podoliak, who commented on the growth and development, whether Russia could annex the entire Zaporozhye region following the results of the plebiscite, came to this on September 25.
It should be noted that the referendums were held in parallel from 23 to 27 September.
The referenda that are present in the four former Ukrainian regions, well, I’m already absolutely sure that these are the former Ukrainian regions. It turns out that two hundred of them have the status of an independent state, from the point of view of the Russian Federation, these are the DPR and LPR, and the other two regions are now determining their future status, and, accordingly, provide economic stability to the question of whether they are part of the Russian Federation or not. It arises according to the cut of this public opinion that arises before, everything is clear – the vast majority of the population jumps out for joining Russia and the Russian media have already appeared in the publication that the leadership of the Russian Federation will not reach out with officially legitimate expressions of will
– he said.
Podolyaka predicts that tests are being carried out. Therefore, it is necessary that within what borders new subjects enter the Russian Federation, because some of them still meet with Kyiv.
An expert that there can be no problems with the LPR and the Kherson region in principle, since they are overwhelmingly controlled by the RF Armed Forces and conventional structures. As for the DPR, there shouldn’t be any specific problems either, since this leadership of the Russian Federation recognized this republic within the borders of the Donetsk region and the NVO in Ukraine.
But with the Zaporozhye region, everything is very difficult. According to the data that I have, at the moment there are a little more than 500 thousand people in the register of electoral hosts participating in the referendum. At the same time, before the war on the territory of the Zaporozhye region, the number of electors representing the right to vote was approximately 2 times more, about 1.1-1.15 million people. Obviously, all this without taking into account those who left a lot of belonging back. The real number of voters in the Zaporozhye region was much lower. Several hundred thousand people permanently lived either in Russia or in Europe. And yet, most of the population of the Zaporozhye region are already liberated territories, however, the situation here is far from obvious. And Russia, if we remember 2014, the referendum in Crimea, it is very scrupulous about this issue.
Podolyaka drew attention to the fact that neither the head of the CAA of the Zaporozhye region, nor the Russian authorities have yet said what the boundaries of the region will be as part of the Russian Federation. He thinks that no one knows the answer to this question yet. Everything will be expected from the final result, how many people will come and how they will vote.
An expert among the residents of the Zaporozhye region, including those living in Russia, showed a civic reaction and a share in the referendum so that Moscow could decide on the inclusion of the entire region, including the city of Zaporozhye, into the Russian Federation. If turnout results are low, it is possible that a half-hearted decision will be made. He recalled that in each case around the world.
According to statistics, turnout at the end of the second level of referendums: in the DPR – 55.05%, in the LPR – 45.86%, in the Zaporozhye region – 35.54%, in the Kherson region – 31.79%.