FAST FIVE: Putin To Give "Major" Speech As Part Of Ukraine Annexation Ceremony

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It will mark the final move declaring the territories effectively under Kremlin control and its citizens as now Russian.

Additionally Putin is expected to make a “major” speech, according to the statement by Dmitry Peskov.

Polls in the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, and in Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, closed by Tuesday evening, and as expected returned an overwhelming “yes” vote.

In some of the regions the “yes” vote was at 98% – which was somewhat expected especially in the breakaway Russian speaking republics where the dividing line had already be made clear through years of war going back to 2014.

Russia's referenda are a sham – a false pretext to try to annex parts of Ukraine by force in flagrant violation¬†of international law, including the United Nations Charter.” It added, “We will continue to support the Ukrainian people and provide them with security assistance to help them defend themselves as they courageously resist Russia's invasion.” About 18% of Ukraine will be claimed by Russia with this annexation announcement.¬† The US is said to be preparing further sanctions in response to the annexation move, also after the EU announced it has proposed an eighth package of expanded sanctions, including a potential oil price cap, which however is expected to be controversial within the bloc given Hungary's long on-record objections.

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