Russia starts annexation votes

ByPavel Polityuk
Updated September 23 2022 - 8:58am, first published 8:53am
Vladimir Putin backs Russia's plan to annex about 15 per cent of Ukrainian territory. (AP PHOTO)

Russia has launched referendums in four occupied areas of Ukraine expected to be used by Moscow to justify annexation, but Kyiv says the voting is mandatory with residents threatened with punishment if they don't take part.

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