November 11, pseudo-elections were held for the leaders of militants and members of “parliaments” in the terrorist “Donetsk Peoples’ Republic” and “Luhansk Peoples’ Republic”.
To ensure a high "turnout" in the city of Donetsk captured by the hybrid troops people were lured in the polling stations with fairs and prize drawing, LIGA.net reported, referring to its sources in the city.
At the fairs, prices were 20% lower than in stores. Voters erceived coupons to participate in prize drawing valid during the day.
“People came, but less than to the "referendum", if compared. I did not actually see queues, but no empty polling stations were either observed in Donetsk,” the source said.
"State employees" and students were obliged to attend the pseudo-elections.
“Some even against signature. The Kremlin bid on Pushilin [Denis Pushilin - the leader of the militants], it is clear. Nothing depends on us,” said another source.
All this was filmed by Russian channels.
A resident of Luhansk said that as of 12:00 in the center of the city near the school No. 20, where a "polling station” was organized, there were few people.
After 14:00 a queue lined up at the site at school number 9 in Luhansk.
“There are many nine-story buildings in which most of the pensioners live. They were told that the pension payments "will be cut off." They don’t receive the Ukrainian pension benefits, so they have nothing to lose," added one of the local residents.
Kurt Walker, the US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiation, said that holding elections in the occupied territories of Donbas is illegitimate.
The Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, Irina Gerashchenko, stressed that Russia officially announced its intention to recognize the results of the “elections” in the ORDLO. According to Gerashchenko, the pseudo-elections are a repetition of the 2014 scenario, when they led to the breakdown of the Minsk talks, the failure to comply with the Minsk agreements and the serious destabilization in the Donbas.