• Occupied Ukraine holds Kremlin-staged vote on joining Russia

    11 days ago - By Bésame

    By HANNA ARHIROVA
    KYIV, Ukraine - A Kremlin-orchestrated referendum got underway Friday in occupied regions of Ukraine that sought to make them part of Russia, with some officials carrying ballots to apartment blocks accompanied by gun-toting police. Kyiv and the West condemned it as a rigged election whose result was preordained by Moscow.
    In a grim reminder of the brutality of the 7-month-old invasion, meanwhile, U.N. experts and Ukrainian officials pointed to new evidence of Russian war crimes. Kharkiv region officials said a mass burial site in the eastern city of Izium held hundreds...
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