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Putin says a ‘decision will be made today’ on recognizing Donetsk and Luhansk ‘people’s republics’
President Vladimir Putin says a “decision will be made today” on whether Russia will recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics,” two Kremlin-backed two breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine.
The announcement came at the end of an extraordinary meeting of the Russian Security Council on Monday, February 21, which was broadcast on state television channels.
Shortly before the meeting opened, the de facto leaders of the DNR and LNR made official appeals for recognition on Russian state television.
On February 15, the Russian State Duma adopted a resolution calling on Putin to formally recognize the “republics in eastern Ukraine.” In turn, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian president had taken the motion “under advisement.”
Commenting on the resolution on February 15, Putin maintained that the conflict in the Donbas should be resolved on the basis of the 2014–2015 Minsk agreements. In turn, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that Russia recognizing the “republics” would violate the accords.
The Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) declared independence from Ukraine in 2014. However, they have only been recognized by South Ossetia — a breakaway state in the South Caucasus. Notably, both “republics” claim territory that is controlled by the Ukrainian government.
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