Moscow-backed separatists and Russian administrators are set to begin holding staged referendums in four Ukrainian territories under Kremlin control from Friday, in the latest salvo of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan to formally annex swaths of the country. The vote, which will not be free and fair, represents an escalation of Putin’s invasion. Putin hopes that absorbing the lands will enable him to label attempts by Kyiv to take back its territories as attacks against Russia itself, analysts said.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
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Putin faces domestic fury over reservist call-up: Russian families bade tearful farewells on Thursday to thousands of sons and husbands abruptly summoned for military duty as part of President Vladimir Putin’s new mobilization, report Post reporters Robyn Dixon, Mary Ilyushina and David L. Stern. More than 1,300 arrests were made at anti-mobilization protests across Russia on Wednesday and Thursday, but the Kremlin dismissed reports of booked-out flights and queues to leave Russia as “false.”