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Duma may consider annexation of occupied parts of Ukraine on Thursday – TASS

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LONDON — The Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, may debate bills incorporating Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine into Russia on Sept. 29, the TASS news agency reported on Saturday, citing an unnamed source.

Moscow launched referendums on joining Russia in the four occupied regions of Ukraine on Friday, drawing condemnation from Kyiv and Western nations, who dismissed the votes as a sham and pledged not to recognize their results.

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Voting is due to finish on Tuesday. (Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey)