Putin to annex Ukraine territories as Kyiv warns of ‘very harsh’ response

Moscow will hold a celebratory concert in Red Square on Friday, as West says it will not recognise annexation

David Harding
Thursday 29 September 2022 18:43 BST
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Vladimir Putin will hold a signing ceremony to incorporate territories taken from Ukraine into Russia on Friday.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said agreements will be signed “with all four territories that held referendums and made corresponding requests to the Russian side”.

The votes were held in parts of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson in the south of Ukraine, and Luhansk and Donetsk, in the east.

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