Vladimir Putin news LATEST: Macron slams tyrant as world leaders refuse to recognise Russia’s ‘SHAM referendums’

VLADIMIR Putin last night delayed a TV address after world leaders rejected “illegal” his referendum plans in occupied Ukraine territories.

The Russian military will enforce referendums in occupied areas of the nation, pushing Ukrainian residents to choose to join or reject the Kremlin in Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.

NATO chief Jens Stolenburg denounced the “sham” referendums, as meaningless & vowed to “eliminate” Putin’s threats, – while formerly impartial Turkish President Erdogan urged Russia to hand back occupied land to Ukraine in an interview with PBS.

French President Emmanuel Macron also slammed the referendums, accusing Russia of “imitating democracy” with an “illegal” move that will not be internationally recognised.

Putin is yet to address Russia after keeping the world waiting since the scheduled time of 6pm BST last night – but his close aides later claimed his televised address will take place on Wednesday.

Read our Ukraine-Russia live blog below for the latest udpates…