On Tuesday, voters will cast their ballots in the last of several referenda on joining Russia. Analysts predict that before the end of the week, Russia will announce that it has annexed more of Ukraine, despite widespread concerns that the elections were fraudulent.
Two pro-Russian self-proclaimed “republics,” Donetsk and Luhansk in the east and Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in the south, have been holding the elections.
Multiple accounts detail how residents of Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine were coerced and even physically attacked into voting in favor of joining Russia.
From last Friday till yesterday, electoral officials carried portable ballot boxes door to house. Officials have stated that security concerns necessitate opening polling places today, Tuesday.
Experts are not ruling out sabotage after multiple strange leaks damaged the Nord Stream pipelines, and Russia has reiterated its “right” to use nuclear weapons if its territory is threatened.