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Putin to proclaim rule over seized Ukrainian land 

The Kremlin positioned itself on Wednesday to announce the annexation of four occupied areas of Ukraine where referenda denounced as being unlawful by the West had been held.

In Moscow’s Red Square, a tribune with giant video screens has been set up, with billboards proclaiming “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Russia!”

Russian President Vladimir Putin is also expected to proclaim these territories’ annexation within days.

Since last week, he also enforced a partial mobilisation, with 300,000 reservists called up to fight, and has threatened to defend Russia’s territory with nuclear weapons if needs be.

The occupied southern and eastern regions of Ukraine which Moscow is eyeing had been subjected to five days of voting, with armed troops reportedly going door-to-door with election officials to collect ballots.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas, Editing by Omotola Oguneye