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Russia is preparing to annexe new Ukrainian territories, according to US intelligence.

John Kirby, chief US National Security Council spokesman said Russia is “laying the groundwork” to annexe Ukrainian territories it controls, including Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk, and Luhansk oblasts.

Mr Kirby said Russia has started to appoint illegal proxies and plans to hold “sham referenda,” transition the currency to the ruble, and force residents to apply for Russian citizenship.

He added that Russia is “dusting off the playbook from 2014.