Ukraine and Russia: What you need to know

Updated September 23 2022 - 1:03am, first published 12:59am
Four areas of Ukraine controlled by Russia are preparing to hold referendums on joining Russia. (AP PHOTO)

Four areas of Ukraine controlled by Russia and pro-Moscow forces are preparing to hold referendums on joining Russia, a move widely condemned by the West as illegitimate and a precursor to illegal annexation.