Polish president says sham referenda by Russia in Ukraine worthless

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Polish president says sham referenda by Russia in Ukraine worthless

The Polish president Andrzej Duda said that the sham referenda organised by Russia in Ukraine is worthless and that Poland won't recognise their results.

Eastern Ukraine regions plan to vote this week to become integral parts of Russia, according to a plan by Russian-controlled regions. The referenda are planned to start on Friday in the Russian-occupied Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

The Referenda are worth nothing - the fact is that the result is decided by the Kremlin and not by voting," Andrzej Duda told reporters on Tuesday during a visit to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

In this situation, Duda said that Poland will not recognise their results as internationally binding because Russia has been occupying these regions.

Duda stated that these referenda looked like a joke, and expressed his hope that no one in the international arena would attach any importance to them, as both of their actions and their results were completely unreliable from the democratic point of view.

Duda said that if Russian President Vladimir Putin were to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine during the war on its territory, this would break the world taboo and push Russia onto the margins of society. No matter what Putin says, Russia is undoubtedly the perpetrator and aggressor while Ukrainians have been defending their sovereignty, independence and their land, Duda concluded.