Putin orders troops to two Ukraine regions after declaring their independence
USA Today says Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops Monday to “maintain peace” in two separatist territories in eastern Ukraine shortly after recognizing the Russian-backed areas as independent, stoking fears that a Russian invasion could be coming soon.
The Kremlin decree signed by Putin did not specify whether or when Russian troops would enter Ukrainian territory. It came as President Joe Biden signed an executive order to sanction any Americans who invest in the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, the two breakaway areas that Putin recognized as independent.
Putin’s moves further inflamed tensions with the West amid fears of a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. Biden is planning to announce additional sanctions on Tuesday, the White House confirmed.
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