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Voting begins in Russia-held regions of Ukraine

RESTRICTION SUMMARY: PART NO ACCESS RUSSIAASSOCIATED PRESSMariupol, Ukraine - 23 September 20221. Various of polling station workers set up a mobile ballot box2. Mid of workers of polling station bringing mobile ballot box to carANNOTATION: Voting has begun in Moscow-held regions of Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia. 3. Pan of people queuing at mobile polling station 4. Tilt down of ballot box5. Mid of people waiting in line to voteANNOTATION: The vote asks residents if they want their regions to be part of Russia and is certain to go Moscow's way. ANNOTATION: The Kremlin orchestrated the votes and they're certain to go Russia's way. 6. Pan of people waiting in lineANNOTATION: But Ukraine and the West have denounced them as shams without any legal force. 7. Various of ballot box8. Various of people registeringANNOTATION: The votes are being held in the Luhansk, Kherson, partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions. 9. Mid of woman casting ballot10. Tilt down of ballot boxANNOTATION: The expected outcome favoring joining Russia would give it the pretext to claim Ukrainian forces are attacking Russia itself. 11. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Viktor (only name given), Mariupol resident:"Perspectives will be much better than under Ukraine, that's my view."12. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Valentina (only name given), Mariupol resident:"Everything will be fine with God's help. Everyone will come back. We will build our city."RU-RTR – NO ACCESS RUSSIADonetsk region, Ukraine - 23 September 2022++PLEASE NOTE: THIS VIDEO WAS PROVIDED BY THE RUSSIAN STATE TV. THE AP CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE DATE, LOCATION OR CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH IT WAS SHOT++13. Various of workers in polling station preparing ballotsANNOTATION: Russia could claim that attempts by Ukrainian forces to regain control are attacks on Russia itself, dramatically escalating the seven-month war. ANNOTATION: The referendums follow President Vladimir Putin's order of a partial mobilization that could add some 300,000 Russian troops to the fight. DENIS PUSHILIN OFFICIAL TELEGRAM CHANNELDonetsk, Ukraine – 23 September 202214. Various of Moscow-appointed head of the Donetsk region Denis Pushilin votingANNOTATION: The Moscow-appointed head of the Donetsk region Denis Pushilin, released a video of himself casting a ballot on his official Telegram Channel.15. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Denis Pushilin, Moscow-appointed head of the Donetsk region:"History is being made today. Every resident of Donbas is involved, who bravely survived all these tests during these eight long years. People not only didn't get discouraged by the choice made in 2014, just the opposite. They better understood that it's the only right way towards Russia, towards creation, development. For Donbas, it's connected only with the great Russia."RU-RTR – NO ACCESS RUSSIADonetsk region, Ukraine - 23 September 2022++PLEASE NOTE: THIS VIDEO WAS PROVIDED BY THE RUSSIAN STATE TV. THE AP CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE DATE, LOCATION OR CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH IT WAS SHOT++16. Various of a man casting a ballot ANNOTATION: The balloting will continue for five days through Tuesday.STORYLINEVoting has begun in Moscow-held regions of Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia. The Kremlin orchestrated the votes and they're certain to go Russia's way. But Ukraine and the West have denounced them as shams without any legal force. The votes are being held in the Luhansk, Kherson, partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions. Russian State TV released footage showing the preparations at polling stations and people casting their ballots.The expected outcome favoring joining Russia would give it the pretext to claim Ukrainian forces are attacking Russia itself. That would dramatically escalate the seven-month conflict. The Moscow-appointed head of the Donetsk region Denis Pushilin, released a video of himself casting a ballot on his official Telegram Channel.The referendums follow President Vladimir Putin's order of a partial mobilization that could add some 300,000 Russian troops to the fight. The voting started Friday and runs through Tuesday.===========================================================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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