Putin Orders Troops Into Ukraine Separatist Regions On ‘Peacekeeping’ Mission

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Assessment: “President Biden will soon issue an Executive Order that will prohibit new investment, trade, and financing by U.S. persons to, from, or in the so-called DNR and LNR regions of Ukraine …

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops into regions of Ukraine on a “peacekeeping” mission on Monday.

Putin declared Russia-led breakout areas of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts as people’s republics and independent regions on Monday. In his order, released shortly after announcing the move, Putin ordered Russian troops into the areas.

“Putin has ordered Russian troops into Ukraine. The decrees on recognizing the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics order the Russian armed forces to go into separatist territory on peacekeeping missions,” Financial Times’ Moscow Bureau Chief Max Seddon reported.

The move comes as Ukraine and the West fear an all-out invasion of Ukraine by Russia. Russia has amassed nearly 200,000 troops along its border with Ukraine in recent weeks, surrounding the former Soviet state with firepower from Crimea in the south to Belarus in the north.

“Today, the leadership of the [Donetsk People’s Republic] and [Luhansk People’s Republic] received appeals to recognize their sovereignty in connection with the military aggression of the Ukrainian authorities, massive shelling of the territory of Donbas, as a result of which the civilian population suffers,” the Kremlin said in a statement. “With all this in mind, the President of Russia said that he intended to sign a corresponding decree in the near future.”

The European Union (EU) and the United States immediately responded to Putin’s announcement with sanctions.

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