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Referendum voting in Donetsk, Ukraine
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1. Zelensky urges 'sabotage' as Russia stages referendums in eastern Ukraine

Russian proxies in four Ukrainian provinces continued a multi-day referendum on joining Russia, a pretext for annexation by Moscow. Some residents in Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk, and Donetsk provinces described masked soldiers standing by voting places, telling people to vote and taking names of those that vote against joining Russia. The voting "looked more like an opinion survey under the gun barrels," said Luhansk Gov. Serhiy Haidai. Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky on Friday night urged Russians facing conscription and Ukrainians in occupied territory to resist being drafted into Russian President Vladimir Putin's war. "Sabotage any activity of the enemy" and "provide us with any important information about the occupiers," he said. Putin on Saturday signed a bill increasing punishments for Russians who disobey orders, desert, or surrender.

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