Russia-Ukraine war: Russian-backed separatists in Kherson say they will hold vote on joining Russia – live

LIVE – Updated at 13:14 Russian-appointed head of Kherson says he hopes region will become ‘part of Russia, a fully-fledged subject of a united country’.

  13:14 The Russian-controlled part of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region may stage a referendum to join Russia in the coming days, the RIA Novosti news agency

reported, citing a local Russian-installed official. It comes as Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said it was up to the people living in separatist-controlled

areas of Ukraine if they wanted to hold referendums on joining Russia. “From the very beginning ... we’ve been saying that the peoples of the respective territories

should decide their fate,” Lavrov said on state TV when asked about several coordinated moves by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine on Tuesday to stage votes on joining

Russia.   12:46 Russian-backed separatists in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) will hold a referendum on joining Russia between 23 and 27

September, the TASS news agency reported on Tuesday. The Russian-backed separatist parliament had passed a law outlining the details of the proposed vote, though the

document made no mention of a date for the vote, Reuters reported. The Kremlin has yet to comment on the prospect of votes to incorporate these regions into Russia. It

previously said the votes were a matter for local Russian-installed officials and people living in the regions.