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EU threatens foreign observers over Donbass referendums

Samizdat | September 27, 2022

The EU will slap sanctions on anyone involved in referendums on joining Russia in the Donbass republics, as well as in Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, according to Peter Stano, a spokesman for the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

“There would be consequences for all people, who participate in the illegal, illegitimate referendums,” Stano warned on Tuesday, the fifth and final day of voting.

Stano did not rule out the possibility of foreign observers, including EU citizens, also facing restrictions over any support they have given to the process. He said it would be up to member states to decide who falls under the sanctions regime.

Another high-ranking EU foreign policy official, Luc Devigne, also told European lawmakers on Tuesday that individuals who are “obviously linked” to the referendums would be targeted in the next sanctions package.

Residents of France, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Brazil and other countries have reportedly arrived to monitor voting in the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk People’s Republics (LPR), and the regions of Zaporozhye and Kherson, which are mostly controlled by Russian forces.

Ukraine and its Western backers have labeled the referendums a “sham,” vowing that they won’t recognize their results regardless of the outcome. The polls in the plebiscite closed at 4pm local time (1pm GMT) on Tuesday. The head of the LPR, Leonid Pasechnik, said preliminary results would be ready by this evening.

September 27, 2022 - Posted by | Civil Liberties | , ,


  1. If EU allows democratic process to exist in eastern Ukraine, then it sets a Brexit precedent in the EU. Democracy is not an allowable strategy in the race to totalitarian control of everything.


    Comment by michael burgwin | September 27, 2022 | Reply

  2. the E.U. has basically committed suicide after going along with an American dictate to sanction Russia. It is going to be an awfully cold winter and instead of coming to their collective senses and stopping the sanctions and making up with Russia, they are doubling down with their stupidity. For some ridiculous reason, they don’t seem to realize the sanctions didn’t hurt Russia, it hurt them!


    Comment by papasha408 | September 27, 2022 | Reply

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