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Vladimir Putin stages 'votes' to annex occupied Ukrainian territories

The Kremlin ordered the ballots after its forces suffered their worst defeats to Ukraine's military since the early weeks of the seven-month-long invasion

Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Putin this week also called for a “partial mobilization” to draft 300,000 reservists

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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 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. 

The Kremlin ordered the ballots after its forces suffered their worst defeats to Ukraine’s military since the early weeks of the seven-month-long invasion. Putin this week also called for a “partial mobilization” to draft 300,000 reservists. 

He stepped up his threats toward Ukraine’s US and European allies, saying he’s ready

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First Published: Sep 23 2022 | 10:21 PM IST

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