Putin Plans Concert Bash to Celebrate Annexation of 15% of Ukraine

The Russian government under strongman Vladimir Putin is planning a concert in Moscow’s Red Square on Friday evening to welcome the annexation of four regions of Ukraine – Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “People’s Republics” – that represent about 15 percent of Ukrainian territory.

TOPSHOT - Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a concert marking the seventh anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 18, 2021. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEY DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

Breakaway Georgia Region Suspends Referendum on Joining Russia

The president of Georgia’s South Ossetia region, a Russian-backed self-proclaimed separatist state, suspended on Monday a planned referendum that would have seen South Ossetians vote on formally joining the Russian Federation, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported Tuesday.

Georgian citizens gather to protest against Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Russia's occupation policy of Georgia to Abkhazia and South Ossetia in front of Georgian parliament in Tbilisi, Georgia, 20 September 2019. (Photo by Davit Kachkachishvili/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Egyptian Referendum to Extend Sisi’s Term Passes with 88% Support

The referendum to approve constitutional amendments that extended Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s term, granted permission for him to run for another six years in 2024, and increased the powers of his office has passed with over 88% of votes cast in favor, according to the Egyptian election commission.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi