MOSCOW (AA) – Russia’s lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma, has ratified agreements on four regions of Ukraine joining Russian territory.
The lawmakers held individual votes on incorporating the Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia regions into Russia.
All votes were unanimously in support of the move, with no deputies abstaining or casting dissenting votes.
Last Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed agreements with separatist authorities of four Ukrainian breakaway regions on joining Russia, following referendums held from September 23-27.
The vote comes more than seven months into Russia’s war on Ukraine, which began on February 24.
The referendums have been condemned by the international community, with European nations and the US calling them a “sham.”