Zelensky urges world to condemn Russia's 'pseudo-referendums'
KYIV, Ukraine, Sept 24, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday urged the world to condemn "pseudo-referendums" as Kremlin proxies began voting on annexation by Russia in Moscow-held areas of Ukraine.
"The world will react absolutely justly to pseudo-referendums -- they will be unequivocally condemned," Zelensky said in his daily address to the nation.
Four provinces in Ukraine that are fully or partially controlled by Russia -- Donetsk and Lugansk in the east as well as Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south -- are holding votes on whether to be annexed by Moscow.
The ballots have been dismissed as a "sham" by Kyiv and its Western allies.