Russia recognises Ukraine separatist regions as independent states

BBC News says Russian President Vladimir Putin has recognised breakaway rebel regions in Ukraine's east as independent states, effectively ending peace talks there.

Russia recognises Ukraine separatist regions as independent states

BBC News says Russian President Vladimir Putin has recognised breakaway rebel regions in Ukraine’s east as independent states, effectively ending peace talks there.

The self-declared people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk are home to Russia-backed rebels who have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014.

Russian troops have been ordered to perform so-called “peacekeeping functions” in both regions.

Ukraine’s president accused Russia of wilfully violating its sovereignty.

In a late-night televised address to the nation, President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine wanted peace, but declared that “We are not afraid” and “will not give anything away to anyone”. Kyiv now needs “clear and effective actions of support” from its international partners.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-60468237

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