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Putin signs laws annexing four Ukrainian regions as Russian troops pushed back on battlefield

Vladimir Putin signed laws to annex four Ukrainian regions into Russia. This was in defiance international protests.

It is a follow-up to the so-called referenda at Donetsk and Luhansk and Kherson, as well as Zaporizhzhia. These were rejected by Ukraine, and the West.

The Russian forces are not in full control over the annexed areas.



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Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Together, Putin’s claim to Ukraine exceeds 22%. However, the precise borders of the four areas he is annexed are still to be determined.

According to Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the move was made despite Ukrainian troops making “rapid and powerful” advances in the east and south of the country and liberating “dozens of settlements” over the past week.

While making significant gains within Kherson Oblast, the Defence Forces have also made continued advances in Kharkiv Oblast and Luhansk Oblast.

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Multiple explosions rocked Bila Tserkva on Wednesday morning. This set off fires at infrastructure facilities in the city south of capital Kyiv. Regional leader Oleksiy Kuleba stated on Telegram.

He said that early indications suggest that the city was attacked with so-called “kamikaze”, or suicide drones.

About 50 miles from Kyiv is Bila Tserkva.

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In his Tuesday nightly video address, President Zelenskyy stated that the Ukrainian army was moving in a very rapid and powerful direction in the south of Ukraine within the contexts of the current defense operation.

“Downes of population centers have been liberated since the Russian pseudoreferendum.

“These are located in the Kherson, Kharkiv and Luhansk regions.”

The Czech EU presidency announced Wednesday that EU member countries had agreed to a new round of sanctions against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine.

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Sky News also heard from a US senior expert that Russia’s growing problems in Ukraine makes it more likely that Russia will use a tactical nuclear weapon.

John Bolton, an ex-US ambassador to the United Nations and former US national security advisor, stated that the Russian president is “in greater trouble than at any time since the invasion”.

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