The counting of ballot papers in the regional elections in Russian-occupied Donetsk has been branded illegitimate by Ukraine and its allies.
The counting of ballot papers in the regional elections in Donetsk, occupied by Russia, has been branded as illegitimate by Ukraine and its allies.
Voting took place in the four Ukrainian regions that Moscow illegally annexed last year – the provinces of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia – as well as in Crimea, which the Kremlin seized from Ukraine in 2014. Local elections were also held in 69 regions of Russia.
But there is little suspense over the voting results, with no real opposition.
While the voting was taking place, fighting continued in the surrounding area. The Ukrainian counteroffensive is going slower than expected and, with the arrival of winter, the window for battle is closing.
But kyiv’s allies believe there has been partial success and that there is still much to fight before the rains arrive.
Meanwhile, Eastern European countries continue to strengthen their naval capabilities prompted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Romania has launched an investment program to modernize the port of Constanta, including modernized radar systems. Bucharest says it is supporting Ukraine, supporting an alternative grain transit route and improving the interconnection of the region’s infrastructure.
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