Putin Stages ‘Sham’ Votes to Annex Occupied Ukrainian Territories

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Putin stages 'sham' votes to annex occupied ukrainian territories

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Russia on Friday began staging UN-condemned “referendums” to annex the roughly one-fifth of neighboring Ukraine it occupies, marking a new escalation in the war and the spiraling conflict between President Vladimir Putin and the US and its allies.

The votes are a “violation of the UN Charter and international law,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

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