The upper house of the Russian parliament has ratified treaties with four Ukrainian regions to absorb them into Russia.
The Federation Council voted quickly on Tuesday to approve the treaties that make the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia part of Russia. The vote came a day after the lower house approved the pacts following Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” in the four regions that Ukraine and the West rejected as a sham.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is now expected to quickly sign the ratification treaties to complete the absorption process of the regions even as intense fighting is raging in these areas.
The move by Russia is seen as an escalation of its war effort as it could interpret attacks by Ukrainian forces in those areas as aggression on its own territory.
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KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s presidential office says at least five civilians have been killed and another 10 wounded in the latest Russian airstrike.
On Tuesday it said one person was killed when Russian missiles hit Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. A doctor was killed and two nurses were also injured when Russian shelling hit a hospital in the Kharkiv region.
The southern city of Nikopol across the Dnieper River from the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant came under intense shelling that damaged more than 30 homes, a school and several warehouses. The bombing interrupted the water supply and led to partial blackouts.
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