US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, has announced she will introduce a resolution slamming Russia for the sham referendums being carried out in numerous Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine.

The resolution – set to be jointly introduced by the U.S. and Albania – will see Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield say that Moscow’s agenda behind the referendums is to annex the Ukrainian territories. She will then ask fellow members of the UN Security Council to join the U.S. in condemning the move, a White House official said on Tuesday.

The Biden administration is also preparing a response should Russia annex the regions as expected.

The proposed resolution follows both Presidents Volodymyr Zelensky and Joe Biden calling for changes to be made to the UNSC during the UN General Assembly last week, with Zelensky questioning why Russia is allowed to remain a permanent member.

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The proposed resolution is, however, likely to be a symbolic one, with Russia expected to use their veto powers as they have done with other resolutions unfavorable to Russia.

On Tuesday evening, the Kremlin-installed governments of the four Moscow-occupied areas of Ukraine all declared victories in the sham referendums that have seen mass voter intimidation and other alleged forms of electoral fraud.

In occupied Kherson, following the counting of ballots, the Russian regional administration claimed 87.05% of voters voted to join Russia – while in Zaporizhzhia, the figure was announced as 93.11%, with 100% of the votes tallied.

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In Luhansk, so-called Luhansk People’s Republic authorities said that the votes in favor of joining Russia had reached 98% by Tuesday evening, with Denis Pushilin, the head of the Russia-backed separatist group telling Russian TV channel RBC TV:

“The next steps are the signing of the agreement, and then ratification in the Russian Federation in both chambers: the State Duma and the Federation Council.”

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