Putin signs annexation treaties for the occupied territories tomorrow

At stake are four Ukrainian territories: Zaporyjia, Kherson, Lugansk and Donetsk.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will sign, this Friday, the treaties of annexation of the occupied Ukrainian territories to Russia, announced the Kremlin.

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by Russian news agency Tass, the signing ceremony of the agreements with the Russian Federation will be held on Friday at 15:00 (Moscow time).

After that ceremony, Putin is expected to deliver a grand speech and also meet with the administrators appointed by Moscow for the regions in question, Peskov added.

At stake are four regions – Zaporizhia, Kherson, Lugansk and Donetsk – where referendums organized by Moscow took place asking Ukrainians whether they approved the joining of their regions to the Russian Federation.

Voting took place in polling centers, accompanied by soldiers, but also door-to-door with ballot boxes.

Pro-Russian officials on Tuesday announced a “yes” victory to Russia’s annexation, but the referendums were deemed invalid by Kyiv and its Western allies.

The total area of ​​these regions is equivalent to about 15% of Ukraine – the size of Portugal or Hungary – and around four million people live there.

Source: With Agencies

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