Russia’s Illegal Annexation Ushers In A Dangerous New Phase Of The War

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the formal annexation of four territories in Ukraine on Friday, after the conclusion of what U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called “sham” referendums and “a complete farce.”

NPR’s Kat Lonsdorf talked with Ukrainians near the frontline about how the turmoil is affecting them.

Dara Massicot, a Russian military analyst with the RAND corporation, says, with this move, Putin has “burned bridges behind him,” leaving him with few options to force a closure to the war. She says that makes this the beginning of a dangerous new phase.

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