Donetsk militants plan to involve children in sham referendum

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Russian handlers ordered the militants of occupied parts of Donetsk Oblast to expand "the electoral base" and involve underaged Ukrainians, including those from orphanages, in sham referendums that aim to legitimise the merging of occupied territories with Russia.

Source: press centre of the Security Service of Ukraine

Details: According to the documents intercepted by the Security Service, the occupiers want to involve children from 13 to 17 years old in "a vote". That is how militants attempt to artificially make up for catastrophic lack of votes.

Quote: "In order to strengthen the control over turnout, the minors must be accompanied to polling stations by their parents, guardians or representatives of so-called orphanages of temporarily occupied territories of the region."

More details: It is also planned to involve families with residence registration in Donetsk Oblast, but have temporarily fled to the Russian Federation, in a pseudo-referendum for "scoring votes".

The Security Service of Ukraine states that this order was given to a so-called Central Election Commission of Donetsk People’s Republic ("DPR") by supervisors from Russia. Ukrainian services identified all organisers, defined their locations, and documented the crimes.

Background: On 19 September, so-called Public Chambers of the "LPR" and "DPR" [self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic and Donetsk People’s Republic accordingly] demanded the immediate launch of referendums on its recognition as a federal subject of the Russian Federation.

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