Vladimir Putin annexes regions of Ukraine | USA TODAY

After months of fighting between Russia and Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty annexing multiple regions of Ukraine.

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Putin claimed the illegal annexations were "the will of millions of people" to huge applause during a signing ceremony in the Kremlin's St. George's Hall despite widespread reports of voter coercion and people being pressured at gunpoint.

The illegal occupation could potentially raise the stakes of Russia's seven-month-old war in Ukraine because Putin vowed to defend the annexed territories with "all available means," a veiled reference to his insistence he would be prepared to use nuclear weapons if Russia's territory is threatened.

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36 comments

  1. Everyone please remember this day , and remember to live life at its fullest. Propaganda has taken over the feeble minded all over the world. We can only pray for what comes next. Hold your loved ones close because we as humans tend to repeat history and never learn from it

  2. If Nassim Taleb’s theory about black swans is correct, at any moment we have a black swan in Moscow, in days we will see it.

    1. Very good observation, Guillermo. Extremely rare yet extremely significant events DO occur! We are at the edge of a potentially crucial change.

    2. @Fred Garvin One thing about black swans is you can’t anticipate them, they are uncorrelated, and any number can happen close to each other in time and space.

    1. Remember the part where Russians were at Kyiv and now they’re squabbling over the edges? Because someone shouting “I win” does not mean that the game is over.

  3. When Mexico wanted a secure border. Keeping U.S. mercenaries out they didn’t listen. How is this any different?????

  4. it was nice when trump was in, no wars, cheap energy, secure borders, 0 inflation and now look at what biden has given us

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