Polls have closed in four Russian-occupied territories of Ukraine after four days of voting in referendums on their future status. Predictably, the results showed “overwhelming support” for joining Russia.

Tass, Russia’s state-owned news agency, has reported that early counting has revealed more than 97% of votes were cast in favour of the occupied regions joining the Russian Federation.

The very idea that people who lived under a hostile occupying power for months and in many cases were forced to participate in the vote have had a free choice, or that their choice mattered, is laughable even by Russian standards.

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