Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dismissed what Moscow has called “referendums” in occupied Ukrainian territory as a “Russian trick,” orchestrated by the Kremlin as a way to “legitimize” the presence of Russian troops.
“This is definitely not a referendum … It’s impossible to organize a referendum like that within 48 hours,” Poroshenko told DW.
Poroshenko, one of Ukraine’s wealthiest businessmen, is the leader of the conservative European Solidarity party, and was Ukraine’s president between 2014 and 2019.
The Moscow-backed votes are being held in the regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south and southeast, and in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions that make up Ukraine’s eastern Donbas. The regions of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia are only partially under…