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US warns: Russia planning to annex additional Ukrainian territory

Israel National News reports: “The United States on Tuesday accused Russia of moving ahead with plans to annex additional Ukrainian territory.

‘Russia is laying the groundwork to annex Ukrainian territory that it controls in direct violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty,’ National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters, according to the AFP news agency.

‘Russia is beginning to roll out a version of what you could call an annexation playbook, very similar to the one we saw in 2014,’ when it invaded and eventually annexed Crimea, Kirby said.

‘Already, Russia is installing illegitimate proxy officials in the areas of Ukraine that are under its control,’ he added.

Kirby also said Russia had plans to organize ‘sham referenda’ in the areas it has seized, possibly as early as September…”

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