Russian President Vladimir Putin will sign treaties claiming to annex four areas of Ukraine on Friday.

Separatist leaders from Russian-occupied portions of Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia are in Moscow to complete the procedure of Russian annexation of Ukrainian territory, Kirill Stremousov, a Russian-installed official from Kherson, said in a Telegram post.

– The White House has said it is working with “allies and partners to impose additional economic costs on Russia,” should annexation go ahead.

– United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said Russia’s annexation plans “cannot be reconciled with the international legal framework.”

– A total of four leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines have been reported, after the Swedish coast guard confirmed Thursday that there were two leaks in Sweden’s economic zone and two in Denmark’s.

Source:The Washington Post