Ukrainian politician claims armed groups in Moscow-held regions are coercing people to vote in referendum to join Russia

Ukrainian politician claims armed groups in Moscow-held regions are coercing people to vote in referendum to join Russia

By Hanna Arhirova Kyiv: A Kremlin-orchestrated referendum has unfolded 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 seven-month-old invasion, meanwhile, UN experts and Ukrainian officials pointed to new evidence of Russian war crimes. Kharkiv region officials said a …