Russia’s Vladimir Putin will hold a signing ceremony on Friday formally annexing four more areas of Ukraine after conducting self-styled referendums condemned by Ukraine and the West as a sham. Russian-backed officials had earlier claimed the five-day exercise had secured almost total support from those who took part, although no independent monitoring took place. So-called votes were held in two eastern regions, Luhansk and Donetsk, and in Zaporizhzhia and Kherson in the south. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. More on this story Russia claims win in Ukrainian ‘sham’ votes 1 day ago