Ukraine accelerates NATO bid as Russia annexes seized areas


              Russian recruits gather to take a train at a railway station in Prudboi, Volgograd region of Russia, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a partial mobilization of reservists to beef up his forces in Ukraine. (AP Photo)
            
              People make preparations for a concert at the Red Square, with constructions reading the words ''Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Russia'', and the St. Basil's Cathedral and Lenin Mausoleum on the background, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. The Kremlin said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the four regions of Ukraine that held a referendum on joining Russia will attend a ceremony to sign documents on the regions' incorporation into Russia, which will be followed by a big concert on Red Square. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
            
              People stand outside a residential building near the site of an explosion after a Russian attack in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Ukraine accelerates NATO bid as Russia annexes seized areas