Vladimir Rogov claims that Russia controls 73% of the Zaporozhye region. The regional center of the region, the city of Zaporozhye, is under the control of Kyiv, it will be impossible to hold a referendum there, it was previously recognized in the CAA .jpg 673w” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Russian-controlled territory of the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine after referendum will declare its independence within the administrative boundaries of the region, said on the air of Soloviev Live. member of the main council of the pro-Russian military-civilian administration (VGA) Vladimir Rogov.
“[Independence will be declared] of the entire Zaporozhye region, of course. There is no other way. In all administrative borders of the Zaporizhzhia region,»,— he said (quote from RIA Novosti).
According to Rogov, Russia now controls 73% of the region's territory.
The Russian military controls the southern and central parts of the region, including the cities of Melitopol and Energodar, where Europe's largest nuclear power plant is located. The regional center of Zaporozhye remains under the control of Kyiv.
The Zaporizhzhya VGA has repeatedly expressed a desire to become part of Russia; the head of the administration, Yevgeny Balitsky, said that “the sooner [the referendum is held]” the better. On September 20, he announced that voting would take place on September 23-27, as well as in the DPR, LPR and in the Russian-controlled territory of the Kherson region. At the same time, Rogov admitted that it would not be possible to hold a referendum in Zaporozhye even remotely.
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According to Rogov, if the voters will vote for the inclusion of the territory into Russia, it would be advisable to rename it the Zaporozhye Territory.
Secretary of the General Council of “United Russia”; Andriy Turchak believes that the Donbass and the territories of Ukraine controlled by Moscow are “de facto already Russia.” According to Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev, after the referendums “the geopolitical transformation in the world will become irreversible.”
The authorities of Germany, France, Estonia, Poland, the United States, as well as NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the plans to hold referendums , emphasizing that they are contrary to international law, and stated that they do not recognize their results. Kyiv promised to return the territories and warned that it would refuse to negotiate with Moscow during the voting.