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Russia's Snap Referendums In Ukraine Begin


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Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya regions - four territories in Ukraine occupied by Russian forces - started holding snap referendums on Friday on joining Russia. The referendum vote will run until Sept 27. The vote on annexation will be used by Putin in an attempt to demonstrate that these territories desire to be part of Russia and are indeed “Russian”, which will justify greater use of force following Russia's defeat in Kharkiv at the hands of Ukrainian forces.

Violent clashes that started on Sept 14 on the border of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan left more than 100 people dead before a ceasefire was signed earlier this week for what is still considered a shaky truce or the demarcation line.

Protests in Iran over the death of a young Iranian Kurdish woman under unclear circumstances after being arrested by “morality police” for a headscarf violation have so far led to the deaths of 12 people (those who can be accounted for by the Kurdistan Human Rights network). The group has also been able to verify 530 arrests, of which 150 are injured. Information is difficult to verify as Iran has cut off the internet as protests spread nationwide, after starting in the Iranian Kurdistan area in the northwest. The protests remain most intense in that area.

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