Former ambassador: Russia used referendum ‘to arrest Ukrainian citizens’

Ukraine’s former ambassador to Canada said that Russia could use so-called referendums in his country to arrest Ukrainians.

“We believe the Russians will use it to import Ukrainian citizens in the occupied territories into the Russian army,” Andriy Shevchenko told Evan Solomon on CTV News’ Power Play channel on Tuesday.

The comments came after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization to call up 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine last week.

Russia also called the referendums, which were denounced by Ukraine’s Western allies as illegal, in four regions of Ukraine. Voting ends after polls open on Friday. Russian state media on Tuesday said the four occupied regions voted to join Russia.

“We see them trying to do whatever they can.” Shevchenko told Solomon.

Former Ukraine Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko discusses the so-called Russian referendum in the video at the top of this article.

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