According to preliminary results just released, separatists in the occupied territories of Ukraine have overwhelmingly indicated their interest to join Russia in a referenda dismissed as a ‘sham’ and President Vladimir Putin’s major step towards the annexation of the restive territories.

RIA Novosti, a Russian state-owned domestic news agency, has released the preliminary results of the discredited poll in the regions of Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Kherson.

Zwnews publishes the released preliminary results as follows:

 Zaporizhzhia region – 98.19%

DNR (Donetsk) – 97.91% LPR – 97.82%

Kherson region – 96.97%

more details to follow…