Ukraine war: Five key developments to know about today Ukraine war: Russian coercion in ‘sham’ referenda, Berlusconi defends Putin, Moscow accused of war crimes in investigation
Russia Proxies Hold Breakaway Polls in Ukraine - The Moscow Times
Staged voting is happening amid international condemnation.
Huge numbers of people have fled the areas that Russia controls, the process has been rushed and referendums are taking place against a backdrop of oppression.
What next for Ukraine after annexation votes in Russian-occupied areas? | The Week UK
Kyiv says ‘sham’ referendums will change nothing and its forces will continue counter-offensive
Russia Begins Orchestrating Staged Voting in Occupied Territories
The plans for referendums on becoming part of Russia were met with international condemnation. The process is expected to culminate with the annexation of an area larger than Portugal.
Russia to begin annexation votes in Ukrainian regions
Russia will on Friday begin its plan to annex around 15% of Ukrainian territory via referendums in four regions controlled by Russian forces, a move the West says is a gross violation of international law that significantly escalates the war.
Mapping the Ukraine regions ‘voting’ on joining Russia
Russian-backed separatists say they plan to hold ‘referendums’ on becoming part of Russia between September 23-27.
Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine to hold annexation votes
Separatists in Donbas, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions to hold referendums on joining Russia from September 23 to 27.