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Russia says it will ‘consult’ locals on annexed Ukraine regions’ borders

A Russian soldier guards an area near a memorial in Kherson region, south Ukraine, May 20, 2022, with a replica of the Victory banner marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in the background. (AP)
A Russian soldier guards an area near a memorial in Kherson region, south Ukraine, May 20, 2022, with a replica of the Victory banner marking the 77th anniversary of the end of World War II in the background. (AP)

Russia plans to confer with residents in two Moscow-annexed regions in Ukraine while determining the exact borders of the areas to be integrated into Russia, the Kremlin says.

“We are going to continue to consult the populations of these regions,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says, referring to the southern Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions that are partially controlled by the Ukrainian military. “No doubt, any configuration will depend only on the will of the people who live in a particular territory,” he says.

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