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Russian President Vladimir Putin may announce on Friday that his country is formally annexing parts of Ukraine that his forces have seized.

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Russia is holding a fake referendum to make occupied Ukraine part of Russia. Putin may formally annex the territories on Friday.

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg last week condemned Russia's referendum on annexation of eastern Ukrainian regions in a vote.

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Voting in 15% of Ukraine's regions - which includes Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia - is due to end on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

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As part of an ongoing update on the war in Ukraine, the UK Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday that Putin could make the announcement in his Friday speech to parliament.

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T said the annexation follows the success of Ukraine's counteroffensive against Russian forces in recent weeks.

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There is a realistic possibility that Putin will use his address to formally announce the accession of occupied territories of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.

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Russian leaders almost certainly hope that any accession announcement will be seen as evidence of 'special military action'