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Countries condemn Russia for Ukraine referendum

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY: UNTVNew York - 27 September 20221. Wide of Security Council meeting2. SOUNDBITE (English) Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US Ambassador to the United Nations++PARTIALLY COVERED++"So now let me be clear. The United States will never recognize any territory Russia attempts to seize or allegedly annex as anything other than part of Ukraine. We reject Russia's actions unequivocally. And we will continue to work with our allies, partners and like minded to impose costs on Russia and to provide historic amounts of support for Ukraine."3. SOUNDBITE (English) James Kariuki, Deputy UK Ambassador to the United Nations:"Any referenda held under these conditions, at the barrel of a gun, can never be remotely close to free or fair. And the very idea that a referendum on the fundamental question could be held at three days notice in the middle of a war zone is frankly farcical." 4. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Zhang Jun, Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations:++TRANSLATION PROVIDED AT SOURCE++"Our position how to view and handle the Ukraine issue is consistent and clear. That is, the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries should be respected. That purposes and the principles of a U.N. charter should be observed. The legitimate security concerns of all countries should be taken seriously, and all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of the crisis should be supported. China has always stood on the side of peace."5. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vassily Nebenzia, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations:++TRANSLATION PROVIDED AT SOURCE++"I'd like to say that the referendae were conducted exclusively transparently, with upholding of all is electoral norms. This is an undisputed fact. However, the Kiev regime and its backers want to say anything to the contrary."++ENDS ON SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:Members of the United Nations Security Council denounced Russia on Tuesday following its claim that residents of a large swath overwhelmingly supported joining with Russia in stage-managed referendums.Pro-Moscow officials said all four occupied regions of Ukraine voted to join Russia. According to Russia-installed election officials, 93% of the ballots cast in the Zaporizhzhia region supported annexation, as did 87% in the Kherson region, 98% in the Luhansk region and 99% in Donetsk.The referendums began Sept. 23, often with armed officials going door-to-door collecting votes. The ballots asked residents whether they wanted the areas to be incorporated into Russia.The referendums follow a familiar Kremlin playbook for territorial expansion and more aggressive military action. In 2014, Russian authorities held a similar referendum on Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, under the close watch of Russian troops. Based on the voting, Russia annexed Crimea. Putin cited the defense of Russians living in Ukraine's eastern regions, their supposed desires to join with Russia, and an existential security threat to Russia as a pretext for his Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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