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Four Ukrainian regions begin referendum on joining Russia on Friday Updated: 2022-09-23 20:37:17 KST

Voting on whether to join Russia began in four Ukrainian regions occupied by pro-Moscow forces on Friday.
It's being held in Luhansk, Kherson, and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk, until Tuesday, local time.
While Russia says it's an opportunity for residents to express their opinion, Kyiv and its Western allies are calling it "illegitimate" and "a sham"
Citing security reasons, in-person voting will only be available on the last day.
Election officials will bring ballot boxes to people's homes during the first four days.
Questions on the ballots vary depending on the region.
In Donetsk and Luhansk, which the Kremlin recognizes as independent, voters will be asked whether they agree with becoming part of Russia.
But in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, they'll also have to vote on the secession of their regions from Ukraine and forming an independent state.
Results are likely to be in favor of Russia, as a similar vote in Crimea in 2014, showed 97-percent of voters were in favor of annexation.
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