Press TV, Moscow
From September 23 to 27, referendums on joining Russia were held in the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, as well as the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions. Pro-Russian representatives of those regions say joining Russia will secure their territories and restore historical justice.
They believe the move is vital in the face of what they call constant acts of terror by the nationalist authorities in Kiev and NATO countries that supply weapons to Ukraine. Russian president Vladimir Putin has backed the referendums, saying Moscow will support the decision made by the residents of the four regions.
The referendum will determine the fate of eight million people living in the LPR, the DPR, and the regions of Zaporozhye and Kherson.
Despite shelling of the territories where the secession referendums were held, the voter turnout was over 80% in all those regions. First partial results show that the overwhelming majority of the residents are in favor of joining Russia.
Most of the voters believe that if a state can join NATO despite Russia’s opposition, then disputed Ukrainian regions can join Russia without the West’s approval.