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LONDON (Reuters) -President Vladimir Putin will on Friday start formally annexing 15% of Ukrainian territory, presiding at a Kremlin signing ceremony so as to add 4 Ukrainian areas to Russia.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated the ceremony would happen at 1500 Moscow time (1200 GMT) on Friday “on agreements on the accession of recent territories into the Russian Federation.”
Agreements will probably be signed “with all 4 territories that held referendums and made corresponding requests to the Russian facet,” Peskov stated.
Ukraine and the West have rejected the rapidly organized votes, held seven months after Russia’s invasion, as illegitimate shams.
Putin’s determination to include the areas into Russia means Moscow will annex huge areas throughout jap and southern Ukraine, representing round 15% of Ukraine’s whole territory.
Following the signing ceremonies within the Kremlin, Putin will give a serious speech and can meet with Moscow-appointed directors of the Ukrainian areas, the Kremlin stated.