The Kherson Region government plans to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to make the region a part of Russia, the deputy head of the regional military and civilian administration, Kirill Stremousov, said at a news conference on Wednesday, TASS reports.
"The referendum, which was absolutely legally held in Crimea, was not recognized by the world community, which did everything not to recognize Russia as a full-blown member of the global community," he said. "Therefore, this will be one single decree based on the appeal of the leadership of the Kherson region to Russian President Vladimir Putin. There will be a request to make the Kherson region a full-fledged constituent of the Russian Federation."
Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 21 announced the recognition of the sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics. On February 24, he announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbass republics. Some areas are now under Russian control, including the Kherson Region, where peaceful life is steadily coming back. The region had a proper Victory Day celebration on May 9 for the first time in the past eight years.