On Monday, Vladimir Putin ordered his defence ministry to send Russian troops to eastern Ukraine’s two separatist regions – the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic – according to a decree signed by Putin recognising their independence.
In a lengthy televised address, an angry looking Putin described Ukraine as an integral part of Russia’s history, called eastern Ukraine ancient Russian land, and said he was confident the Russian people would support his decision.
“We demand from those who captured and hold the power in Kyiv to immediately end the combat activities. Otherwise, all responsibility for the possible continuation of the bloodshed will be entirely on the conscience of the regime ruling the territory of Ukraine.”
Putin told Russia’s defense ministry to deploy troops into the two breakaway regions to “keep the peace” in a decree issued shortly after he announced recognition for Russia-backed separatists there.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Putin’s decision to recognise the two separatist Ukrainian republics was in breach of international law and an ‘ill omen’ and ‘dark sign’ that things are moving in the wrong while UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the move would not go ‘unpunished’ as she announced new sanctions on Russia.
The Prime Minister will chair a Cobra meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss the latest developments in Ukraine and agree on a ‘significant package of sanctions’ on Moscow as well as more weapons for Ukraine. The White House on Monday said Biden strongly condemned Putin’s decree.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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