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Russia-Ukraine war latest updates: Kremlin to hold sham referendums

Putin faces domestic fury over reservist call-up: Russian families bade tearful farewells on Thursday to thousands of sons and husbands abruptly summoned for military duty as part of Putin’s mobilization, Robyn Dixon, Mary Ilyushina and David L. Stern report.

“More than 1,300 people were arrested at anti-mobilization protests in cities and towns across Russia on Wednesday and Thursday,” they write. “Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed reports of booked-out flights and queues to leave Russia as ‘false.’ ”

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