Ukraine: Moscow-held regions begin Russia vote
Occupied Ukraine holds Kremlin-staged vote on joining Russia
A Kremlin-orchestrated referendum got underway Friday in occupied regions of Ukraine that sought to make them part of Russia, with some officials carrying ballots to apartment blocks accompanied by gun-toting police. Kyiv and the West condemned it as a rigged election whose result was preordained by Moscow.
In a grim reminder of the brutality of the 7-month-old invasion, meanwhile, UN experts and Ukrainian officials pointed to new evidence of Russian war crimes. …