RT: Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally acknowledged Donetsk and Lugansk republics as impartial states and ordered the Russian army to “safe the peace” within the two former areas of japanese Ukraine.
The Russian president formally signed the decree recognizing the independence of two breakaway areas on Monday. He has instructed the Russian Protection Ministry to ship peacekeepers into the Donbass, whereas telling the Ministry of Overseas Affairs to determine diplomatic relations with each Donetsk and Lugansk Individuals’s Republics.
The measures have taken impact instantly.
Donetsk and Lugansk declared independence from Kiev in 2014, after US-backed nationalists overthrew the democratically elected authorities within the Maidan coup. Nonetheless, Moscow has refused to acknowledge them till now, saying the issue is an inside affair of Ukraine and must be resolved in line with the Minsk agreements, which established an uneasy armistice in 2015.
Earlier on Monday, nonetheless, the Donetsk chief Denis Pushilin and Lugansk chief Leonid Pasechnik formally requested recognition from Moscow as soon as once more, as each Donbass areas and Ukraine claimed intensive artillery exchanges alongside the armistice line.
In his speech, Putin stated that the Minsk course of had failed and that Ukraine is “not fascinated about peaceable options – they need to begin a Blitzkrieg.”