News Wire | Friday, Sept. 30, 2022

Putin Illegally Proclaims Annexation of Four Ukrainian Regions at Moscow Ceremony

By Ellen Francis, Louisa Loveluck, Adela Suliman & Erin Cunningham | The Washington Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin is moving to annex four regions of Ukraine, after staging referendums that were widely denounced as illegal under international law. In a grand ceremony in the Kremlin on Friday, he said Russia would gain four new regions—Ukraine’s Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia—and said people living there would “be our citizens forever.”

More from WPR: Putin Is Willing to Take Russia Down With Him

Lula vs. Bolsonaro: What to Know About Brazil’s Election

By Ana Ionova | The New York Times

Brazilians are heading to the polls Sunday in a polarizing national vote poised to usher in a new president, who will be forced to grapple with an economic crisis, surging Amazon deforestation and lingering questions over the health of Latin America’s largest democracy.

More from WPR: Bolsonaro Won’t Accept Defeat in Brazil’s Upcoming Presidential Election

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