10 things you need to know today: October 5, 2022

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Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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1. Putin approves annexations as Ukraine reclaims more occupied areas

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday gave final approval to the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, even as an expanding counteroffensive by Ukraine forced Russian troops out of some of the claimed territory. Both houses of the Russian parliament this week ratified internationally null treaties claiming Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions as part of Russia, following so-called referendums that Ukraine and the West called a sham. After retaking eastern cities like Lyman over the weekend, Ukrainian forces pushed Russian forces out of towns in the southern Kherson region on Tuesday, but said entire communities had been destroyed. "We are liberating land, but without people on it," a Ukrainian private, Vitaly Zagoruyko, told The New York Times.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.