Occupied Ukraine Voting Whether or Not to Join Russia

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The Ukrainian regions of Luhansk, Kherson and partly Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk will vote this week to determine if they will become part of Russia. Moscow sees the referendums as cementing claims on the already occupied territories and that it would legitimize Moscow using “any means” to defend them. Ukrainian and Western leaders meanwhile are already denouncing the votes as “shams” and are unlikely to recognize the outcomes. The votes come in the wake of recent Ukrainian successes on the battlefield and increased pressure on Putin to fulfill the stated objective of the war to integrate the Donbas region into Russia.