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Russia plans to hold referendums in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts on 11 September Ukrainian intelligence

Thursday, 23 June 2022, 18:48
Russia plans to hold referendums in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts on 11 September  Ukrainian intelligence


Russian occupying forces are planning to hold so-called "referendums" on the creation of pseudo republics on the Russian-occupied territories of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts on 11 September.

Source: Centre for National Resistance created by the Special Operation Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine


Details: According to the information obtained by the Ukrainian Resistance movement, Russian occupiers want to hold the so-called "referendums" on the Russian "unified voting day" on 11 September. Russia already plans to hold elections of people’s deputies and governors in several of its regions on this date.

In addition, Russian Promsvyazbank [a state-backed Russian bank – ed.] is set to begin its operations in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine around the same date.

However, Russian plans are being met by Ukrainian resistance. No staff want to undertake administrative duties in Russian occupation administrations. At present, the administrations of the Russian-occupied districts in Zaporizhzhia Oblast are staffed by officials from the Russian Federation on a monthly rotation basis.


  • Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Chief Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence, hinted at the existence of an extensive resistance movement in Kherson Oblast.
  • Dmytro Orlov, mayor of Enerhodar, said that Russian occupying forces are detaining civilians en masse on the city’s streets.
  • Russian occupation administrations are hoping to install Russian mobile service infrastructure in Kherson Oblast by the end of July.
  • Kirill Stremousov, Russian collaborator at the head of the Russian-controlled Kherson Oblast occupation administration, hopes that the oblast will be annexed to the Russian Federation by 2023.
  • Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, urged the residents of Russian-occupied southern oblasts of Ukraine to leave those oblasts via Crimea to Russia and then Ukraine or the European Union.