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The Daily BeastDec 03, 2022
Here's Why Ukraine's Independence Vote Exposes Putin's Bullshit
Photo by Alain Nogues/Sygma/Sygma via Getty ImagesIn its twisted road to independence, one that began over a century ago with many failed attempts, the Ukrainian referendum that took place on December 1, 1991, stands out as a great turning point.

In the days leading to the vote, even the most ardent Ukrainian supporters of independence were uncertain, concerned about the large numbers of ethnic Russians in Soviet Ukraine, particularly in Crimea and eastern regions. But when the votes were tallied 31 years ago today on December 3, 1991, the results surprised even the most optimistic of observers—over 90 percent of the population of Soviet Ukraine voted for independence.

With an 84 percent voter turnout, people from all regions participated, including Ukraine's estimated 17 percent of ethnic Russians who had made up considerable portions of the country's eastern provinces. Exceeding expectations, every one of Ukraine's 25 administrative regions voted for statehood. What's more, the people of Ukraine voted for their president on the same day in which all six candidates favored independence.

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The Daily BeastDec 01, 2022
Deaths Back Home Leave Russians Furious with Putin
Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyRussians are being plunged into a bleak winter where power outages and heating failures are already freezing people to death while President Vladimir Putin is choosing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars prosecuting an illegal war in Ukraine instead of helping his own citizens.

In many of the remote regions where conditions are at their worst, people are also being forced to contribute the most to the war via conscription drives that strip healthy young men out of the local workforce and send them to their deaths on the front line.

"They take young men—the only breadwinners—away and send them back in coffins. The guys freeze on the front, get sick, die while their families live in poverty," Valentina Melnikova, a prominent advocate from the Soldiers' Mothers Committee, told The Daily Beast. "It seems authorities have no interest left in human lives at this point."

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