putin: Putin recognises breakaway Ukraine regions

putin: Putin recognises breakaway Ukraine regions


MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday recognized the independence of separatist territories in eastern Ukraine – a move that could escalate tensions with the West amid fears his country could invade Ukraine at any moment and use the conflict as an excuse to attack. . Putin’s announcement follows a meeting of the President’s Security Council, and the withdrawal of Ukrainian forces against Moscow-backed rebels paves the way for Russia to send troops and weapons publicly in the long-running conflict.
The recognition work makes sense because the two isolated regions, the borders claimed by the Russian-backed leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk, extend beyond the areas they now control and into space controlled by the Ukrainian army. It was not immediately clear whether Putin recognized the enclaves on their de facto borders or whether he would try to expand them by force.
Putin called on Russian lawmakers to sign an agreement with Ukraine’s rebel-held territories to enable Moscow to provide them with military support. A 2015 peace deal ended large-scale fighting, but violence has escalated and escalated in recent weeks amid widespread crisis. Putin announced his decision in a phone call to the leaders of Germany and France, who expressed frustration, the Kremlin said, and
The decree was later signed and shown on state television. Earlier, European leaders called on Putin to resist recognition and threatened possible sanctions if he did so. Ukraine’s president has called an emergency meeting of top security officials.
Moscow’s move could torpedo the last-minute bid for a summit meeting with US President Joe Biden to prevent Russia from invading Ukraine, and as Putin talked about it, the ruble increased its losses, falling 3.3% to 79.8 per dollar a day.
Putin delivered a lengthy televised speech that ended with his announcement, about the history of the Ottoman Empire and the recent tensions over NATO’s eastward expansion – a major embarrassing history for Moscow in the current crisis. Putin has argued that Ukraine’s history and makeup are an integral part of Russia. “We have given these republics the right to leave the (Soviet) Union without any conditions,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. “I think a decision needs to be made long ago – to recognize the independence and sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic immediately,” Putin said. He has previously said that “if Ukraine joins NATO, it will be a direct threat to Russia’s security.” He also called Kiev a “puppet” of the United States.
Acknowledging Putin’s independence, the Kremlin has previously said in the face of Ukraine’s “military aggression,” a claim Kiev has denied. Ukrainian officials say Russia’s recognition of the two territories could allow separatist leaders to request military assistance from Russia, paving the way for a military strike. Ukraine will probably be interpreted as the entry of Russian troops into Ukrainian territory.



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