After Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would recognize the separated Ukrainian Donetsk and Lugansk regions as independent, he ordered Russian troops to be sent to the region at the end of Monday.
According to a decree issued by the Kremlin and signed by Putin, the Russian Defense Ministry is now authorized to send troops to the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine. He also told the Foreign Ministry to establish diplomatic relations with both Donetsk and Lugansk, Russian state media reported.
At the beginning of Monday, Putin gave a long Aired speech From his office where he claimed Ukraine was an integral part of Russian history. He added that the Soviet Union under Vladimir Lenin’s administration created a modern Ukrainian state and separated it from Russia, adding that it believes Ukraine is trying to create a nuclear weapon that threatens Moscow.
“Ukraine has never had its own national tradition,” the Russian president said, describing the east as “the land of ancient Russia.”
“Russia has always tried to resolve all conflicts by peaceful means. Nevertheless, Kiev authorities have carried out two disciplinary operations in these areas. [Donetsk and Lugansk]And we now seem to be witnessing a third escalation, “Putin said without providing details.
Russia’s state television has shown that Putin, with the addition of Russian-backed separatist leaders, has signed a decree granting the independence of the two Ukrainian secession areas, along with an agreement on cooperation and friendship.
“I think we need to make a decision that should have been made long ago in order to immediately recognize the independence and sovereignty of the Donetsk and Luhansk peoples,” Putin concludes. ..
After his speech and decree, Western leaders described the move as illegal and a sign that Russia would invade Ukraine in the near future. According to officials, 100,000 to 190,000 Russian troops are stationed along the Ukrainian border, and videos uploaded on social media for several weeks show Russian heavy weapons, tanks and artillery in the area. It is shown to be deployed in.
In response, the Biden administration imposed limited sanctions on certain Russians, according to a White House statement. Other Western leaders argued Putin’s speech and decree as a week-long crisis escalation.
The White House said President Joe Biden will soon issue a presidential order “banning new investment, trade and financing by Americans in Donetsk and Luhansik, either from Donetsk or into Donetsk.”
White House spokesman Jen Psaki said in a statement Monday that the action “also empowers those who decide to work in these parts of Ukraine to impose sanctions.” The administration continued, “We will soon announce additional measures related to today’s explicit breach of Russia’s international commitments.”
The European Union has also announced that it will impose sanctions on individuals “involved in this illegal activity” that recognize the independence of the two regions of Ukraine.