Russia will hold a referendum today in 4 regions of Ukraine despite the conflict.

Russia will begin voting on Friday in four regions controlled by Russian forces . The West believes this is a gross violation of international law and accelerates the conflict .

Following the results of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Russia will begin voting on Friday in four regions controlled by Russian forces, which the West believes is a gross violation of international law and accelerates the conflict.After nearly seven months of conflict and a devastating battlefield defeat in northeastern Ukraine earlier this month, Russian-installed regions lined up to demand swift results.We will stand in solidarity with Ukraine, said Biden, who sees the war as part of a global war between democracy and autocracy.Ukraine, whose post-Soviet borders Russia recognized under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, says it would never relinquish Russian control of any of its territory and would fight until the last Russian soldier is expelled from Ukraine.Putin, Russia's most important leader since 1999, said it will never abandon those in the areas it controls Ukraine denies that Russian speakers have been targeted.Putin said in a direct nuclear warning to the West that he would defend Russian territory-and these areas of Ukraine will be considered Russian territory by Moscow shortly-using all means at his disposal.