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Russian-sponsored Luhansk militants demand immediate referendum to join Russian Federation

Monday, 19 September 2022, 19:44
Russian-sponsored Luhansk militants demand immediate referendum to join Russian Federation

ROMAN PETRENKO – MONDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2022, 17:07

The Public Chamber of the "LPR" (self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic) demands the immediate launch of a referendum on its recognition as a federal subject of the Russian Federation.

Source: Kremlin-aligned news outlet RIA Novosti

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Details: The militants reportedly appealed to Leonid Pasechnik, the Russian-appointed leader of the "LPR", demanding that a referendum be held immediately on recognising it as a one of the constitutive entities of the Russian Federation.

They justify this initiative by saying that "joining Russia will secure the republic and open up new opportunities on the way to returning to a peaceful life."

Militants also "expressed confidence that the people of the republic will support the initiative."

Background: Despite Russian statements about "taking control of the entire territory of Luhansk Oblast", the Russian troops did not show any success after over half a year of full-scale war. At the beginning of September, the Ukrainian military launched a counteroffensive.

On 12 September, the Luhansk Oblast Military Administration reported that some settlements in Luhansk Oblast had already been liberated, and that mop-up operations were underway.

On 19 September, it became known that the Ukrainian military liberated the village of Bilohorivka from the Russian invaders.

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