Russian sources have announced that the referendum has shown that they want permanent integration into Russia. Military forces and election officials said they conducted door-to-door polls for five days. 99 percent in Donetsk province, 98 percent in Luhansk, 93 percent in Zaporizhia, and 87 percent in Kherson declared their support for the merger. However, Ukraine, America and European countries dismissed this referendum as a hoax.
The Russian-backed leaders of these four regions said that they will stay with Moscow and will meet with Putin soon. Meanwhile, in 2014, Russia also annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Again after eight years it occupied four areas. Most of the people have already left their homes due to the war. Russian soldiers in these areas went door to door with guns and forced Ukrainians to vote.
Also, if these four regions are annexed to Russia, it will be almost impossible to recapture Ukraine. Putin has already announced that attack on these four regions after the merger will be considered as an attack on Russia. It has made it clear that it is ready to use nuclear weapons to protect them. If that happens, the Ukraine-Russia war that has been going on for 7 months is likely to escalate. On the other hand, the Western alliance G7 has made it clear that this merger will never be recognized. Suggested not to go ahead in this matter.