Putin plans to formally annex 4 regions from Ukraine Friday

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Russian soldiers stand on Red Square in central Moscow on Thursday as the square is sealed off prior to a ceremony for the alleged incorporation of new territories into Russia. Banners on the stage read: "Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson — Russia!"

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to formally annex four territories from Ukraine on Friday, following staged referendums that were condemned by the West.

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