According to the mayor, the Ukrainian population in the temporarily occupied territories is offering total resistance to the invaders.
Extras from Crimea were brought to the temporarily occupied Melitopol, Zaporozhye region, to shoot propaganda stories about the alleged support of the population of the “referendum” on joining the Russian Federation.
This was announced by the mayor of Melitopol Ivan Fedorov on the air of the information telethon.
“They have not given up on the idea of holding a ‘referendum’, although they see the total resistance of our civilian population in the temporarily occupied territories. Therefore, last night they brought extras from Crimea on multi-storey buses, with the help of which they want to shoot propaganda stories about supposedly supporting the local population in Melitopol. But we clearly understand that this is definitely not the case,” he said.
According to him, a few days ago, the occupiers filmed a story in which they conducted a survey of people on the streets of the city. But those who supported Russia spoke with an accent and are not residents of the city.
In addition, according to Fedorov, there are first reports that the occupiers go from house to house, but none of the residents opens or responds to their calls.
“By this we can confirm that this referendum is just a fake, because there are neither enough people in the temporarily occupied territory, nor there is no support,” Fyodorov said.
He believes that this resistance will lead to additional torture, intimidation and pressure from the occupiers against the local population.
“And, of course, first of all, this will affect men of military age, who will be subject to the mobilization ordered by the dictator. Therefore, we call on all men to leave the temporarily occupied territory,” Fedorov stressed.
Illegal “referenda” in Ukraine – what you need to know
As UNIAN reported earlier, the Russian occupiers plan to hold pseudo-referendums in the captured parts of Kherson, Zaporozhye, Donetsk and Luhansk regions on September 23-27 with the purpose of joining the Russian Federation.
On September 22, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that the Russian occupiers are trying to keep the situation in the temporarily occupied territories under their control and have intensified work on the preparation of the so-called “referendum”. In particular, in the Kherson region, the occupiers are trying to get their personal data from local residents; the formation of so-called “election commissions” continues there.