The Russian election authorities have given the green light for the country to hold presidential elections next year in the occupied parts of Ukraine.
This announcement was made by Russia's Central Election Commission, as reported by the news agency Interfax and further covered by the news agency dpa. The regions involved include Kherson, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia.
Russia has set March 17 as the date for a presidential election in the coming year.
This move represents a significant and controversial step in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as these regions are internationally recognized as part of Ukraine but are currently under Russian occupation.
Putin Considered Not Running For Re-election
Russian President Vladimir Putin has indicated that he considered not running for re-election, a decision that would have marked a significant shift in Russian politics.
This contemplation, as reported by UralDaily, was shared by Putin during a conversation with the Heroes of the Fatherland.
"At different times, I had different thoughts on this matter." Putin stated.
Thorough considerations of the current situation in Russia, however, ultimately made Putin feel confident that it would be best for the country if he continues.
"However, understanding the current situation, I came to the conclusion that it cannot be significantly different,"
This introspection reveals a side of Putin rarely seen in public - one of doubt and deliberation about his political future.