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Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the military-civilian administration of the Kherson region, who was appointed in April, told Reuters that the issue of joining the region to Russia would depend on the course of hostilities in Ukraine, and a decision on this would probably be made “by next year.”
Stremousov admitted that the process could include a referendum. At the same time, in early May, he said that “no referenda” will not, accusing the Ukrainian side of “thrown in fakes” about Moscow's intention to launch a vote on the creation of the Kherson People's Republic.
“We will announce later when some kind of vote or plebiscite is planned, but it will not be today or tomorrow, because our first task— restore order in the Kherson region»,— Stremousov said in an interview with Reuters. When asked by the agency about the timing of the possible entry of the region into Russia, he said that “by the autumn this will not happen.”
“We are preparing the administrative system, and then closer to the next let's see how things are, — added by Stremousov.
The Kherson region has been under the control of the Russian military since mid-March. They formed a military-civilian administration, introduced the ruble into circulation and launched the broadcasting of Russian TV channels. Stremousov promised to make Russian the state language in the region along with Ukrainian.
At the beginning of the military operation in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured that there was no question of the occupation of the country's territories and that Moscow recognized the right of all peoples to self-determination.
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On May 11, Stremousov announced his intention to turn to Putin with a request to annex the Kherson region to Russia; in his words, the region will not return under the control of Kyiv and will not be “a colony of Western partners who brought Ukraine to complete degradation.” The day before, the military-civilian administration decided to close the border from the Nikolaev and Dnepropetrovsk regions of Ukraine “for security purposes.”
Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov noted that the issue of including the Kherson region in Russia should be decided by residents region, the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko spoke about this. The Kremlin pointed out that the issue should be “clearly and carefully verified by lawyers.” In turn, Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin considered that the region would take its rightful place in the “Russian family”. On May 25, Putin simplified the procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship for residents of the region.
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