Russian referendums in occupied areas 'void' - Ukraine

STORY: Spokesperson Oleg Nikolenko specified that it would be 'totally untrue' if residents in Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions were to vote in a referendum that could happen in September.

Ukraine would regard a referendum held in occupied territories about joining Russia as a reason for the international community to introduce more sanctions against Russia and send more weapons to Ukraine.

"People living in Kherson region stand against the occupation. They are not joining schools, local administrations, police forces," Nikolenko said.

He added that Russia does not allow Ukrainian humanitarian aid onto occupied territories and is trying to establish local administrations, to introduce Russian ruble as currency and is simplifying the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship.

The Kremlin has said the future of occupied regions of Ukraine will be decided by residents.

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