Intercepted documents show pro-Russian officials allowing teenagers as young as 13 to vote in ‘sham’ referendums, Ukraine’s security service says


Residents cast their votes in controversial referendums in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on September 23, 2022.

Residents cast their votes in controversial referendums in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on September 23, 2022.Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

  • Pro-Russian separatists in four occupied Ukrainian regions launched a “sham referendum” on Friday.

  • Ukraine’s security service said Russian proxies want teenagers as young as 13 to vote.

  • The votes — on if the regions should join Russia — have been slammed by Ukraine and the West.

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