Ex-ambassador: Russia using referendums ‘to conscript Ukrainian citizens’

4 November 2022 Posted by: Lake Lawn B&B Great Yarmouth News

Ukraine’s former ambassador to Canada says Russia could use so-called referendums in his country to conscript Ukrainians.

“We believe the Russians will use it to conscript Ukrainian citizens in the occupied territories into the Russian army,” Andriy Shevchenko told Evan Solomon on CTV News Channel’s Power Play on Tuesday.

The comment comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a partial mobilization to call up to 300,000 reservists to join the war in Ukraine last week.

Russia also called referendums, which have been condemned by Ukraine’s western allies as illegitimate, in four Ukrainian regions. Voting wrapped up after polls opened Friday. Russian state media said Tuesday the four occupied regions voted to join Russia.

“We see they are trying to do anything they can.” Shevchenko told Solomon.

Former Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko discusses the so-called Russian referendums in the video at the top of this article. 

Source : https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/russia-using-referendums-to-conscript-ukrainian-citizens-former-ukrainian-ambassador-says-1.6086983