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Ukraine Latest: Biden Condemns Annexation Referendum as ‘Sham’

A woman cleans her house from debris after a missile strike in Donetsk region, on Sept. 29.

A woman cleans her house from debris after a missile strike in Donetsk region, on Sept. 29.

Photographer: Anatolii Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images

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President Joe Biden denounced Russian efforts to absorb occupied regions of Ukraine as “a flagrant, flagrant violation of the UN Charter and the basic principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Russia plans to sign treaties Friday to absorb four regions after annexation votes that have been condemned as illegal by the United Nations and other world leaders. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin plans to address legislators on Friday, his spokesman said. 

Putin may face an early test of his annexation plans in the Donetsk town of Lyman, where Ukrainian, Western and Russian military analysts say Russian units are at risk of being enveloped.