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Russia Declares Victory in Sham Ukraine ‘Referendums’

  • Annexation of occupied Ukraine marks new escalation in war
  • UN secretary-general says ballots violate international law
Votes are counted at a polling station during a referendum in Moscow-occupied Luhansk, Ukraine, on Sept. 27.
Votes are counted at a polling station during a referendum in Moscow-occupied Luhansk, Ukraine, on Sept. 27.Source: AP Photo

Russian leaders declared victory in a series of stage-managed, UN-condemned “referendums,” as the Kremlin moved to annex a large chunk of occupied Ukrainian territory after a string of humiliating military setbacks.

Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of Russian Security Council, wrote on his official Telegram channel in the early hours of Wednesday that the referendums were over. “Results are clear,” he added. “Welcome home to Russia.”