Russians strike Ukraine as Kremlin-organised votes continue
Published : Saturday, 24 September, 2022 at 7:33 PM Count : 966
Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities on Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes continued in occupied parts of Ukraine to pave the way for their annexation by Moscow, reports AP.
Zaporizhzhia Governor Oleksandr Starukh said the Russians targeted infrastructure in the Dnieper River city and one of the missiles hit a building, killing one person and injuring seven others.
Russian forces also struck other areas in Ukraine, damaging residential buildings and civilian infrastructure.
The UK Ministry of Defense says Russia is targeting the Pechenihy dam on the Siverskyy Donets river in northeast Ukraine following previous strikes on a dam on a reservoir near Kryvyi Rih causing flooding on the Inhulets river.
"Ukrainian forces are advancing further downstream along the two rivers," the British said. "As Russian commanders grow increasingly concerned about their operational setbacks, they are likely trying to hit the floodgates of the dams, in order to flood Ukrainian military crossings."
Amid the fighting, voting continued in Kremlin-organized referendums in occupied areas – votes that Ukraine and its Western allies dismissed as a sham without legal force.
In the five-day ballot in the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk and Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south which began on Friday, election officials accompanied by police carried ballots to homes and set up mobile polling stations, citing security concerns. Voting is expected to end on Tuesday when voting takes place at polling stations.
Voting also took place in Russia, where refugees and other residents of those regions voted.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow will heed the will of the people, a clear signal that the Kremlin is poised to quickly annex the regions once the vote is over.
Ukraine and the West said the vote was an illegitimate attempt by Moscow to carve out large swaths of the country, stretching from the Russian border to the Crimean Peninsula. A similar referendum was held in Crimea in 2014 before Moscow annexed it, a move most of the world saw as illegal.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urged Ukrainians in occupied regions to undermine referendums and share information about who is carrying out "this farce" and called on residents to try to avoid Moscow's mobilization announced on Wednesday.