The Council of the military-civil administration of the Zaporozhye region previously proposed to eliminate the border between Russia and the southern regions of Ukraine. Council member Vladimir Rogov compared it to the Berlin Wall
Raising the issue of abolishing the border between Russia and the Zaporozhye region of Ukraine (administratively, the Zaporozhye region does not border with Russia) is not entirely correct, said the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, the correspondent of RBC.
“Apparently, this is not a completely correct statement of the question. There is no talk about this yet,” the Kremlin representative said.
The Zaporozhye region borders with the Kherson region in the west, with the Dnipropetrovsk region in the north and with the Donetsk People’s Republic in the east, in the south it is washed by the Sea of Azov.
Earlier, a member of the main council of the military-civil administration of the Zaporozhye region, Vladimir Rogov, called for the elimination of borders between the southern regions of Ukraine and Russia. He noted that the majority of the population of the Ukrainian south has relatives from Russia, and compared the border with the Berlin Wall.
In March, the Ministry of Defense announced the taking of control of a part of the Zaporozhye region from the regional center of Zaporozhye. Energodar, Vasilevka, Melitopol, Berdyansk and other settlements are under the control of Russian forces. The military commandant’s office operates there and the ruble has been put into circulation, and Russian television broadcasts and the issuance of Russian passports have begun in Melitopol.
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On June 8, Rogov announced that a referendum on joining Russia in the Zaporozhye region would be held this year. The preparation will take several months, and the wording of the questions for the plebiscite will be presented in the near future. «The overwhelming number of residents of our area want <...> to become part of greater Russia»,— he claims.
The preparation for the referendum in early June was also mentioned by the head of the military-civil administration of Melitopol Galina Danilchenko.
Peskov, answering a question about referendums on the entry of Ukrainian regions, said that such decisions should be made by the local population. He also stated that it is necessary to ensure safe conditions for the voting, which are not present now with the continuation of the APU strikes.
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