According to the UK’s defense minister, Vladimir Putin is likely to announce the annexation of the occupied parts of Ukraine into Russia in the coming days.
According to the ministry, the announcement may be made by the Russian president when he addresses the nation’s parliament on Friday.
It occurs as Russia conducts the final day of voting in contested referendums in parts of Ukraine that are under its occupation.
The Kremlin has already decided on the outcome, according to Ukraine and the West, and it will be used as justification for an illegitimate land grab.
Meanwhile, the Swedish marine authority reports that two leaks on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline have been discovered in Danish and Swedish waters.
Along with mounting public opposition, the Kremlin has acknowledged mistakes were made in its effort to mobilize Russian army reserves.