The People’s Council of the Lugansk People’s Republic adopted a resolution on holding a referendum in the LPR on the region’s entry into the Russian Federation from September 23 to 27, 2022. Soon after, the same days for holding a similar referendum were approved by the People’s Council of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
The Public Chamber of the LPR on September 19 called on the head of the republic to immediately hold a referendum. Soon, the example was followed by the Public Chamber of the Donetsk People’s Republic.
As specified, the law has already been signed by the head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, on conducting a referendum from September 23 till 27. The Central Election Commission will have to determine the results of the referendum no later than five days after the end of voting, the law says. A similar law was adopted by the People’s Council of the DPR.
In addition, in the Kherson region on September 20, the public council called on the military-civil administration of the region to immediately hold a referendum on the region’s entry into Russia. Soon, the head of the administration, Vladimir Saldo, announced that the decision on the referendum had already been made. Also on Tuesday, the public of the Zaporozhye region called on the civil-military administration to hold a similar referendum.
On the same day, the Speaker of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Volodin, at the plenary session of the chamber said about the likely referendums, “If during the direct expression of their will they express that they want to be part of Russia, colleagues, we will support them, do you agree with this?”
The answer to his question was applause.
Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the country’s Deputy Chairman of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, have also expressed their opinions on the issue:
"From the very beginning of the special military operation, and, in general, in the period preceding it, we said that the peoples of these territories should decide their fate themselves [...] And the whole current situation confirms that they want to decide their fate themselves," the Russian Foreign Minister said.
"Referendums in Donbass are of great importance not only for the systematic protection of residents of the LPR, the DPR, and other liberated territories, but also for the restoration of historical justice. They completely change the vector of Russia's development for decades. And not only our country. Because after they are held and the new territories are accepted into Russia, the geopolitical transformation in the world will become irreversible. Encroachment on the territory of Russia is a crime, the commission of which allows using all the forces of self–defense. But it is equally important that after the amendments to the Constitution of our state, no future leader of Russia, no official will be able to reverse these decisions. That is why these referendums are so feared in Kiev and in the West. That is why they need to be carried out," Medvedev wrote.