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Kiev to cut talks if Moscow proceeds with pseudo-referendums

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a late-night video address that Kiev will completely shut the negotiations with Moscow, should the latter continue to implement pseudo-referendums in Russia-controlled regions of Ukraine.

Zelensky reiterated that his country's "position remains what it always has been. We will give up nothing of what is ours." Furthermore, he expressed worries that there is "more and more news that the occupiers are preparing for pseudo-referendums in the southern areas" of Ukraine.

Previously, United States officials warned that Russia is "laying the groundwork" to annex Ukrainian territory, as it is "installing illegitimate proxy officials," who will then "arrange sham referenda."

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