Russia expected to annex occupied Ukrainian territories within days 'Sham' referenda were held in four regions of southern and eastern Ukraine, which Moscow is now poised to annex
Zelensky blasts referendum 'farce' after four occupied areas vote to join Russia
The votes are widely viewed as a pretext for announcements that Russia is annexing the territories, just as it annexed Crimea in 2014.
Russia poised to annex Ukraine regions after ‘sham’ referendum
Moscow set to formally annex occupied Ukrainian areas after holding referendum as Kyiv, West decry move as ‘illegal’.
Putin gets 99% yes vote in referendum
Pro-Moscow officials have declared victory in sham referendums in occupied regions of Ukraine, paving the way for a further escalation in the war
Occupied Ukrainian regions to ask Putin to annex them
Russian-installed officials in occupied regions of Ukraine say they will ask President Vladimir Putin to incorporate them into Russia, claiming their residents overwhelmingly supported such a move in Kremlin-orchestrated votes widely viewed as illegitimat
Pro-Moscow separatists urge Putin to announce annexation of Ukraine regions
Putin will continue invasion ‘at least’ until Donetsk is captured, Kremlin says
Russia paves way to annex part of Ukraine, citing referendum results
Pro-Moscow officials say residents in all 4 occupied regions overwhelmingly voted to join Russia.
Ukraine war: Disputed referendums close in Russian-held regions
Voting finishes in four referendums which Russia may use as grounds to annex more territory.