After Russian Retreat, Putin Formally Annexes 15 Percent of Ukraine

Vladimir Putin

At a glance

  • On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin completed the formal annexation of more than 15 percent of Ukraine just as Russian forces battled to halt Ukrainian counter-offensives across the territory.
  • The annexed areas are not all under the control of the Russian forces battling Ukrainian forces.
  • Together with Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, Putin’s total claim amounts to more than 22 percent of Ukrainian territory, though the exact borders of the four regions he is annexing are still yet to be finally clarified.

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