annexation


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Ukraine - Russia War
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during celebrations marking the incorporation of regions of Ukraine to join Russia, in Moscow, Russia, on September 30, 2022.

Russia to 'consult' locals on annexed Ukraine regions' borders

As Ukraine claws back more and more territories

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Levant & Turkey
An employee of a flag-making factory folds a Russian flag as a Turkish flag adorns the display at left, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 9, 2016.

Turkey rejects Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory

'This decision, which constitutes a grave violation of international law, cannot be accepted'

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Ukraine - Russia War
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on September 30, 2022.

NATO rejects Putin’s ‘land grab’ of occupied Ukraine

'NATO’s aim is to support Ukraine but prevent escalation'

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Ukraine - Russia War
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during celebrations marking the incorporation of regions of Ukraine to join Russia, in Moscow, Russia, on September 30, 2022.

Russia’s Putin proclaims annexation of occupied Ukraine regions

Frontlines of the war now run through territory that Putin says he is ready to defend with nuclear weapons

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Ukraine - Russia War
Frappes russes sur la ville de Severodonetsk dans le Donbass, le 8 juin 2022

Attack kills 30 in Ukraine ahead of Kremlin annexation

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells reporters that the annexations would be formalized at an event

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Ukraine - Russia War
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a ceremony to present the highest state decorations at the Kremlin in Moscow on February 2, 2022.

Putin recognizes Ukrainian regions ahead of annexation

Kherson, Zaporizhzhia regions recognized as independent, following Luhansk, Donetsk regions in February

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Ukraine - Russia War
Members of an election commission count ballots after voting during a referendum at a polling station in Donetsk, the capital of Donetsk People's Republic, controlled by Russia-backed separatists, eastern Ukraine, September 27, 2022.

Russia to formally annex 4 occupied Ukraine regions

'Tomorrow... a signing ceremony will take place on the incorporation of the new territories into Russia'

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Ukraine - Russia War
A man casts his ballot as a Russian soldier looks on in Luhansk, Ukraine, on September 27, 2022.

Russia claims win in Ukraine ‘referendums’

Israel and the West say will not recognize the voting results

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Diplomacy
Un homme vote à Marioupol le 27 septembre 2022 lors de l'un des référendums organisés par la Russie dans les régions qu'elle contrôle en Ukraine en vue de leur annexion.

Israel says won’t recognize Russia's annexation vote in Ukraine

Washington also vowed to 'never' recognize the results of Moscow's 'diabolical scheme'

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Ukraine - Russia War
A refugee from Ukraine regions held by Russia casts a ballot for a referendum at a polling station in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, on September 24, 2022.

Russia says majority of occupied Ukraine vote for annexation

Votes were held in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson - making up 15 percent of Ukraine’s territory

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Ukraine - Russia War
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech in Moscow, Russia, on September 20, 2022.

Ukraine, West brush off Russian referendum plans

The votes would alter the geopolitical landscape in Moscow’s favor forever, says a Putin ally

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Ukraine - Russia War
Children play at the symbolic cemetery of cars shot by Russian troops, some painted by local artists, in Irpin, Ukraine, on August 9, 2022.

US, UN says Russia carrying out forced migration from Ukraine

'The Kremlin uses filtration operations as crucial to their efforts to annex areas of Ukraine'

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Politics
Benjamin Netanyahu stands at his podium ahead of a press conference with Jared Kushner (L) in Jerusalem on December 21, 2020.

Netanyahu contests Kushner's claim on surprising Trump with annexation

'The allegation that Netanyahu surprised Trump... is completely false," says a Netanyahu spokesperson

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US / Canada
Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during a press conference in Gara de Nord, the main railway station in Bucharest, Romania, on April 4, 2022.

Russia wants to dissolve Ukraine from world map, says US envoy to UN

'The denazification and demilitarization of Ukraine will be carried out in full'

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US / Canada
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) greets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 21, 2022.

Blinken, Russian FM hold ‘frank’ talks on prisoners, Ukraine

Antony Blinken told Sergei Lavrov 'the world will never recognize annexation'

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Diplomacy & defense
Le Premier ministre israélien Naftali Bennett préside la réunion hebdomadaire du cabinet, à Jérusalem le 22 août 2021

Israel's PM: We will neither annex territory, nor allow formation of Palestinian state

'Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, it is not the capital of any other nation,' Naftali Bennett says

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International
A demonstrator waves a Russian national flag and a portrait of President Vladimir Putin to celebrate the third anniversary of the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian Federation, in Sevastopol in March 2017

G7 refuses to recognize Russia's 'Crimea occupation'

US President, embroiled in a diplomatic row with Russia, said he'd "never accept Moscow's annexation"

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Diplomacy & defense
FILE - Tzachi Hanegbi, Israeli Minister of Settlement Affairs, speaks during the funeral of Rabbi Achiad Ettinger who died after being shot in a terror attack near Ariel, at the Segula cemetery in Petah Tikva, on March 18, 2019.

'It doesn't make sense for Israel not to apply sovereignty over West Bank:' Hanegbi

Israeli minister says Jewish state shares 'common interests' with Oman, hoping for normalization

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Europe
EU representative in the Palestinian territories Sven Kuhn von Burgsdorff (center) attempts to speak at the site of a planned extension of the Givat Hamatos settlement in east Jerusalem on November 16, 2020.

European lawmakers push for action against Israel's 'de facto annexation'

A letter stated that "the Biden administration presents a chance to correct course" in Middle East diplomacy.

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Middle East
Illustration photo of the new 100 Israeli Shekel bill. December 31, 2017. Photo by

Israel transfers over $1 billion in withheld funds to Palestinian Authority

In May, the PA stopped coordination with Israel over now-defunct plans to annex parts of the West Bank

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International
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the Climate Summit in the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 23, 2019.

UN reaffirms West Bank, east Jerusalem not part of sovereign Israel

General Assembly Second Committee voted 156-6 in favor of draft against concept of de-facto Israeli annexation

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Diplomacy & defense
Bezalel Smotrich speaks at a press conference in Jerusalem on May 14, 2020

Yamina lawmaker urges Israel to apply sovereignty in West Bank before Biden takeover

"No doubt" Biden to continue US-Israel friendship despite settlement policy, right-wing parliamentarian says

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Israel
New apartment buildings under construction in the Beit El settlement in the West Bank, on October 13, 2020.

NGO: Israel hits record high in settlement approvals for 2020

Israel agreed to delay its annexation plans under its normalization deal with the UAE and Bahrain

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International
FILE - Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa speaks during a meeting with US President Donald Trump, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 21, 2017.

Bahraini King: Peace with Israel comes in exchange for halt to West Bank annexation

Gulf state leader utters remark during address to 75th UNGA session