Putin likely to announce accession of occupied regions of Ukraine on Sept. 30, UK says

A young man walks past banners informing about a referendum on the joining of Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine to Russia, in the Russian-controlled city of Melitopol in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine September 26, 2022. Banners read: "Russia is order" (L) and "Future. 23-27 September 2022". REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Sept 27 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely to announce the accession of occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation during his address to parliament on Sept. 30, the British Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.

The referendums currently underway within these territories are scheduled to conclude on Sept. 27, the Defence Ministry said in its daily briefing on Twitter.

"Russia's leaders almost certainly hope that any accession announcement will be seen as a vindication of the special military operation and will consolidate patriotic support for the conflict", it said.

Reporting by Jose Joseph in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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