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Israel will not recognize results of Russian ‘referendums’ in Ukrainian provinces

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that Israel will not recognize the results of Russian “referendums” being held in Ukrainian provinces occupied by Russian forces.  Moscow reportedly plans to annex these territories illegally in the coming days.

The Israeli statement represents a diplomatic alignment with the U.S. position on the latest Russian maneuver, as well as with the remainder of Western countries.

“Russian-installed officials in four occupied regions of Ukraine reported huge majorities of votes in favor of joining Russia as the United States planned a U.N. resolution condemning the referendums as shams and Russia remained defiant,” Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The United States is also preparing a new round of sanctions targeting Russia in the event of annexation, as well as a fresh $1.1 billion arms package for the Ukrainian military, the report said.

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