Russia to 'consult' locals on annexed Ukraine regions' borders: Kremlin
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"We are going to continue to consult the populations of these regions," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said referring to the southern Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions that are partially controlled by the Ukrainian military.
"No doubt, any configuration will depend only on the will of the people who live in a particular territory," he said.
President Vladimir Putin last week signed legislation integrating the regions into Russia -- along with the Donetsk and Lugansk regions -- but the Kremlin did not specify whether Russia would formally annex the territory its forces didn't control.
In February, Putin recognised the independence of the so-called Donetsk and Lugansk republics within borders that rebel fighters did not have control over.