Situation report day 217
September 28, 2022 - Moscow-installed officials in four occupied regions of Ukraine claimed almost total support among those who took part in so-called referendums on joining Russia, as the U.S. denounced the polls as “shams”.
Up to four million people were asked to vote in the war-torn regions, which make up about 15% of Ukraine's territory.
There is speculation that Russian President Vladimir Putin may announce the four regions’ annexation in a speech to a joint session of Russia’s parliament on Friday.
Washington is preparing a new round of sanctions against Russia should it annex Ukrainian territory and a $1.1 billion arms package for Ukraine that will be announced soon, U.S. officials said.