The referendum on joining Russia in Zaporizhzhya Region is organized at a high level and the people participating in it are voting to “prevent something dangerous”.
This is the assessment of the ongoing plebiscite given by Stefen Bruno Schaller, an observer from Germany – the manager of Energie Waldeck-Frankenberg GmbH.
“Everything is very transparent and very well organised. As well as possible in such a short time,” he stated.
The observer refrained from making detailed comments on the grounds that he has not yet had time to draw many conclusions, but he did share his first impressions. Apart from the good organisation, he noted the fact that the people themselves are enthusiastic about the elections taking place.
“I would like to point out that I feel, maybe it’s the tension from fear, but rather it’s the feeling that people want to prevent something dangerous from happening. They are very afraid that something bad will happen and they are working to prevent it,” Schaller told reporters.
He also said he tried to learn more about the history of the region and about relations between Russia and Ukraine before the trip. According to Schaller, he received the invitation to the referendum from the Russian side because he had previously participated as an observer in the Duma elections.
When asked if he was afraid of possible sanctions, Schaller replied with irony:
“I’m already an elderly person, and elderly people are not afraid.”
We shall remind you that voting in referendums on the issue of joining the Russian Federation as constituent entities started at 08:00 on 23 September in the Luhansk and Donetsk people’s republics, as well as in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhya regions. It will last until 27 September inclusive.
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