Russian attack kills 25 in Ukraine on eve of planned annexation
Why it matters: The attack was one of the deadliest targeting Ukrainian civilians in recent weeks, according to the New York Times. It comes as the Kremlin plans to declare the area a part of Russia Friday following a series of sham referendums that have drawn wide condemnation from western governments.
- The strikes killed and injured scores who were waiting at a bus stop and checkpoint, the Times reports.
- In a separate strike, three were killed and at least 19 were injured in a neighborhood in Mykolaiv.
- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned that annexation would end diplomatic negotiations between the countries, and most western governments — including the U.S. — say they won't recognize the territory as Russian.
- While Russia does not entirely control the four regions, the move will enable Moscow to claim it is no longer attacking the Ukrainian territory, but instead defending its own.