Russia conducts referendum to annex parts of Ukraine


Say a planned speech later this week by Russian president Vladimir Putin may see him declare four occupied territories of Ukraine as parts of Russia In a daily intelligence briefing the British defense ministry says Putin will address both houses of the Russian parliament on Friday and could declare the annexation of the regions The internationally criticized vote is ending Tuesday the ministry adds Russia will almost certainly hope that any accession announcement will be seen as a vindication of the special military operation

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