Russia-Ukraine war live: Putin to annex Ukrainian regions; Nato vows response to any attacks on allies’ infrastructure

Putin to hold signing ceremony to annex four Ukrainian regions to Russia

Here’s more from the Kremlin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, who has announced that President Vladimir Putin will hold a signing ceremony tomorrow to add four territories of Ukraine into Russia.

A signing ceremony will take place at 3pm Moscow-time (1200 GMT) on Friday “on agreements on the accession of new territories into the Russian Federation”, Peskov said.

Agreements will be signed “with all four territories that held referendums and made corresponding requests to the Russian side,” Peskov said.

The total area set to become de facto part of Russia amounts to about 15% of Ukraine and includes an estimated 4 million people. The so-called referendums in the occupied regions of Ukraine have been denounced by the west as illegal and illegitimate.

Following the signing ceremonies in the Kremlin, Putin will give a major speech and will meet with Moscow-appointed administrators of the Ukrainian regions, the…

Continue Reading →

This article was written by Léonie Chao-Fong (now); Martin Belam and Rebecca Ratcliffe (earlier) and originally published on www.theguardian.com