More than 98 pc of voters in Referendum support joining Russia - final numbers

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More than 98 pc of the LPR voters in the Referendum have voted in favour of joining Russia, LPR Central Election Commission Chairwoman Yelena Kravchenko said.

“With 100 pc of the ballots of the local election committees counted, 98.42 pc of the voters (1,636,302 individuals) in the referendum on the LPR joining Russia voted "yes", she said.

Kravchenko added that 16,555 LPR residents, less than 2 pc, voted against the decision.

On September 23-27, the Lugansk People’s Republic held the referendum on joining the Russian Federation as a constituent entity. Polling stations opened for in-person voting only on September 27; on September 23 through September 26, voting took place at special venues including public space in residential areas. The CEC set up 461 polling places in the LPR and 201 in Russian regions.

O May 11, 2014, the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics held a referendum on their self-determination as Kiev launched a military operation against Donbass. LPR and DPR independence was supported by 96.2 percent and 89.7 percent of voters, respectively. The Republics proclaimed their state sovereignty on May 12, 2014.

On February 21, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the sovereignty of the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. He asked the Federal Assembly to support this decision and then ratify a friendship and mutual assistance treaty with the Donbass Republics. On the same day, Putin and LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik signed a friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance treaty between Russia and the Lugansk People’s Republic. *t

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