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Russia ‘laying the groundwork’ to annex Ukrainian territory under its control

According to US intelligence, Russia is building the foundations for an annexation of Ukrainian territory in order to assert total control over its eastern gains.

According to the White House, Moscow plans to place unlicensed proxy officials in the areas it controls, to establish the rouble the default currency, and to force residents to apply to become citizens.

John Kirby, chief spokesperson for the National Security Council, stated that “we have information today, including downgraded intelligence, about how Russia plans to annexe Ukrainian territory it controls in direct violation to Ukraine’s sovereignty.”

He added that it is the same tactic as in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea. It had taken control of it from Ukraine.

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The international community regards Crimea’s annexed status as illegal.

Kirby stated, “We want it to be clear to the American people.” It is not a trick.

He accused Russian President Vladimir Putin, of “dusting off 2014’s playbook”.

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In the meantime, Kirby stated that America would announce a new weapons package for Ukraine within the next few days as the conflict in the country continues.

Additional HIMARS rocket systems are expected to be added to the package. These systems have been used to devastating effect to attack front lines in Ukraine as troops strike ammunition depots from behind enemy lines.

It is the first time since the invasion of Ukraine that Mr Putin has visited Iran.

On Monday, President Volodymyr Zilenskyy promised that the Ukrainian flag would be “in all our cities” again.

Telegram was his reply.

He said, “Step by Step, we advance, disrupt supplies to the occupiers and identify and neutralize our collaborators.”

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