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Putin to preside over ceremony adding Ukrainian territories to Russia – Kremlin

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MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin will hold a signing ceremony in the Kremlin on Friday to add territories of Ukraine into Russia, his spokesman said.

Russian-backed officials in four regions of Ukraine said referendums showed overwhelming majorities of their populations had voted to join Russia in votes slammed by Ukraine and the West as “shams.”

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Putin will also give a major speech on Friday following the signing ceremony in the Kremlin and will meet with Moscow-appointed administrators of the Ukrainian regions , the Kremlin said. (Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)