The referendums are taking place in areas from which large numbers of people have fled.

The staged voting in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine is taking place against a backdrop of violence and repression.

A campaign to “Russify” the areas began across the occupied parts of southern and eastern Ukraine in the first weeks of the Russian invasion, with a sophisticated propaganda apparatus that closely followed the tracks of the tanks.

Billboards were plastered with signs declaring “Russia is here forever.” Access to some Ukrainian cellphone networks was severed. Internet…

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