The Russian military HAS co-oped the following area’s…..
The Donetsk and Luhansk regions in Eastern Ukraine….
Those area’s actually identify with Russia….
The Kremlin said Monday that President Vladimir V. Putin would recognize the independence of two territories in Ukraine controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, further escalating tensions in what Western nations fear could lead to one of the biggest conflicts in Europe since World War II.
The announcement was made by the Kremlin in a statement summarizing Mr. Putin’s phone calls on Monday with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany.
“The president of Russia said that he intended to sign the relevant decree in the near future,” the Kremlin said. “The president of France and the Federal Chancellor of Germany expressed their disappointment with this development. At the same time, they indicated their readiness to continue contacts.”
In an evening address to the nation, Mr. Putin made the case that Ukraine is by history and makeup an integral part of Russia: “Colleagues, comrades, close ones, relatives, those who are tied up with us in family and blood ties.”
Mr. Putin also laid out a long history of grievances since the fall of the Soviet Union and the loss of the states that once made it up.
“We gave these republics the right to leave the union without any terms and conditions,” he Putin said. “This is just madness.”
Mr. Putin is recognizing the territories’ independence, the Kremlin said earlier, in the face of “the military aggression of the Ukrainian authorities,” as a result of which “the civilian population is suffering.”
Ukraine denies having any plans to launch a military offensive against the separatist regions and says Russia is staging acts of Ukrainian aggression to justify an incursion….
Russia’s recognition of the two regions, the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, could allow separatist leaders to request military help from Russia, further easing a path for a military offensive, Ukrainian officials say. Ukraine would likely interpret that as Russian troops entering Ukrainian territory….