Russia Moves to Annex Occupied Lands in Bid to Halt Ukrainian Advance

MOSCOW—Officers in Russian-occupied elements of Ukraine introduced plans for Russia to annex 4 areas within the nation’s east and south, whereas Moscow moved to clear the best way for a broader mobilization as an more and more pressured Kremlin seeks a agency response to counter Kyiv’s offensive.

Russian-controlled elements of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia areas of Ukraine stated they might maintain three-day votes on becoming a member of Russia beginning this Friday, Moscow’s newest effort to consolidate its maintain on territory it took months to seize however now dangers dropping to Ukraine’s forces.