FAST FIVE: Results Show Huge Majorities In Favor Of Joining Russia As Ukraine Annexation Polls Close: State Media

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is the focus of the attention of our entire society and of the entire country.” Russia's state RT has announced partial results late in the evening (local time) showing a huge majority in both the breakaway Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DPR and LPR) supporting uniting with the Russian Federation.

The votes were held starting late last week through the weekend in self-declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, and in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia – despite Russian forces not currently being in control of every part of these territorial regions.

Not only has Kyiv vowed not to recognize any declared “independence” of these oblasts, it has even threatened lengthy prison sentences for any Ukrainian who organizes referenda or individuals who participate in the voting. – NEXTA (@nexta_tv) September 27, 2022 The Kremlin has announced a major Putin speech set for Friday, and it's believed the Russian leader will use the occasion to declare the Ukrainian territories now part of Russia.

This will mean close to 20% of Ukraine's geographic territory will be claimed as under the Russian state.

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