The EU said it will impose sanctions on organisers of “illegal” votes in four occupied regions of Ukraine on whether they should join Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has vowed to protect people in the occupied regions.
The vote labelled a sham by Western governments – concluded on Tuesday and Russian President Vladimir Putin could announce the annexation of the occupied regions this week
Pro-Russian officials claim the overwhelming majority of people had voted to join Russia. In Donetsk, the result was said to be more than 99% in favour
Meanwhile, The head of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, has warned of the strongest possible consequences if it emerges that sabotage is behind the gas leaks found in two major Russian pipelines under the Baltic Sea
Writing by Hadiza Abdulrahman, Editing by Omotola Oguneye