People arrive at a parking lot in Zaporizhzhia from places like Melitopol and Kherson, areas that have been occupied by Russia for months now.

Ukrainians are fleeing from Russian-held areas to avoid the sham referendums, which could pave the way for annexation. “It was all staged,” said one Ukrainian. “How can you vote when they have guns?”

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

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