Austria condemns 'illegal sham referenda' held in Ukraine

Members of an electoral commission count ballots at a polling station following a referendum on the joining of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) to Russia, in Donetsk, Ukraine September 27, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo

BERLIN, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Austria condemned the "illegal sham referenda" held in four occupied regions of Ukraine on joining Russia, said the Austrian Foreign Ministry in a statement on Wednesday.

"The sham referenda lack any legitimacy under international law and will not be recognized by us - just like an annexation of Ukrainian territories will of course not be recognized," it said.

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