Ukraine’s deputy prime minister warns that voting in referendums in Moscow-controlled territories is a criminal offense
Ukrainian citizens risk criminal prosecution and a prison sentence of up to 12 years if they participate in referendums on joining Russia, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Irina Vereshchuk warned on Saturday.
“There are not and there will be no referendums on our Ukrainian land”, Vereshchuk said on a national broadcast.
The pro-Russian authorities of the Zaporozhye, Kharkov and Kherson regions, as well as the people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, had previously raised the possibility of holding referendums on union with Russia, but so far no date has been given. has been fixed.
“It’s all a farce and a circus. But for our fellow citizens who are going to participate in this, there is in fact an article of the penal code”, said the Deputy Prime Minister of Kyiv.
“If collaboration is proven, or, for example, participation in the referendum or incitement to participate in the referendum, then people can receive up to 12 years with confiscation (of property)”, she warned.
Vereshchuk urged Ukrainians who remain in Russian-controlled territories to evacuate or avoid voting in any plebiscite because “no pressure, no incitement to violence, etc., can then justify the fact that a person went to the referendum.
When asked how many people could potentially vote, Vereshchuk said the percentage was “Tiny… not even 2%.”
Commenting on the statements of the Ukrainian official, Grigory Karasin, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Russian State Duma, wrote on Telegram: “It’s democracy in kyiv!” It is strange that their citizens are not threatened with execution!
The Ukrainian government has previously warned that citizens who attempt to become Russian citizens could face up to 15 years in prison.
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