News Wire | Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

Kremlin Proxies Stage Referendums as Russia Aims to Seize Ukrainian Land

By Isabelle Khurshudyan, Robyn Dixon, Siobhán O’Grady & Kostiantyn Khudov | The Washington Post

Kremlin proxy authorities in occupied, war-torn Ukraine on Friday declared that “voting” had begun in staged referendums, and that Moscow’s desired outcome—a claim of public support for the annexation of Ukrainian territory—was assured.

More from WPR: Winning the War in Ukraine Will Take More Than Defeating Russia

U.S., Chinese Foreign Ministers to Meet as Taiwan Tensions Rise

By Humeyra Pamuk | Reuters

Senior diplomats from the United States and China will meet Friday with tensions high after a visit to Taiwan by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and an explicit pledge by U.S. President Joe Biden to defend the Chinese-claimed island.

More from WPR: China Has Nothing to Gain From Invading Taiwan

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