Vote in Ukraine’s Russia-held areas stokes tension with West

Ukraine Russia Tensions

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – The final day of voting is taking place in Russian-held regions of Ukraine in referendums that are expected to serve as a pretext for their annexation by Moscow.

The preordained ballots are heightening tension between the Kremlin and the West, with Russia warning it could resort to nuclear weapons to defend its own territory.

Formal annexation of captured chunks of eastern Ukraine, possibly as soon as Friday, sets the stage for a dangerous new phase in the seven-month war.

But the nuclear threats haven’t impressed Ukraine or its western allies.

France’s foreign minister is the latest high-ranking foreign official to visit Kyiv in a show of support.

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9/27/2022 6:47:00 AM (GMT -5:00)

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