The foreign minister has called on countries to reject “charades” being held in Russian-controlled regions of eastern and southern Ukraine.
Speaking at the United Nations Security Council, James Cleverly said Vladimir Putin plans to fix the results of the vote to become part of Russia.
“We have information that means we know that Russia is about to hold a fake referendum on the sovereign Ukrainian territory that has no legal basis under the threat of violence,” he said. in mass displacement of people in regions that voted overwhelmingly for Ukraine’s independence.
“We know what Vladimir Putin is doing. He is planning to fabricate the results of that referendum, he intends to use that to annex the sovereign Ukrainian territory and he is having plans to use it as an excuse to escalate his act of aggression.
“We urge all countries to reject this charade and refuse to recognize any results.”