Putin recognizes rebel regions of eastern Ukraine – invasion imminent

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Just moments ago Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing two rebel regions in eastern Ukraine as independent entities. Both regions share a border with Russia.

Western leaders have warned Russia against recognizing the separatists regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Already fragile peace negotiations are essential now out of the question.

In addition, Putin accused Ukrainian forces of killing civilians in residential areas of the disputed regions. Ukraine denied the accusation. They in turn accused Russian forces of shelling the civilian areas, which they also denied.

U.K.’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson was quick to respond. Johnson called the recognition of the breakaway republics as “plainly in break of international law” and a “flagrant violation of the sovereignty” of Ukraine.

But Putin’s sees Ukraine’s possible admission to NATO as a threat to Russia’s national security. “Russia has every right to protect its security, and that’s what we’ll do,” said Putin.

The European Union has long warned Russia not to annex or recognize the breakaway Ukrainian regions. Threats of sanctions from the 27-nation bloc of the EU were used as diplomatic leverage against Russia.

President Biden has said he expected a Russian invasion of Ukraine after Russia amassed more than 100,000 troops on the eastern Ukraine border. This was seen by the president as a build up to an invasion.

Recently Biden seemed to back off from threats of sanctions by suggesting there could be a lower cost for a “minor incursion” into Ukraine. Nevertheless, Biden vowed Russia would be “held accountable.”

Biden statements may have been prophetic. Putin’s announcement recognizing the two rebel regions could pave the way for Russia to send in troops and weapons, escalating the long-running conflict. Many world leaders see the decree as a thinly-veiled excuse to invade Ukraine.

Diplomatic responses and economic sanctions by world leaders may have little or no effect on Putin, who’s had his eye on Ukraine for years.



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Greg
Greg
5 months ago

Tell me all those who think they know the mind of Putin and have them explain This. When those same people can explain how he grew up then, maybe, you can speak. Putin isn’t the caricature the West portrays him to be. Would a “dictator” who is ready to bring back the USSR actually condemn many of the past leaders and their Communism. Anyone that pays attention will realize that when Putin says something it is matched up with his actions. How many people in Western Governments do the same. Surely by now we should be Very skeptical of what leaves the mouths of officials.

https://twitter.com/stillgray/status/1495894706592829440

The Prisoner
The Prisoner
5 months ago

It is a good non-aggressive move by Putin which will get the corrupt western globalist elites angry. They will be the fools again.

Those 2 regions already operate quite independently from Ukraine.

Johnson is just another one of those corrupt globalists, plus he and his wife both have globalist lineage.

When China broke the agreement and seized Hong Kong, Johnson said and did nothing, he betrayed those people. Therefore, he lacks any moral, ethical of legal credibility. Hong Kong was British owned.

Those 2 regions seem to be quite Russian. The USA has no interest in the region. The corrupt war mongering globalists do. Watch them get ignorant Americans all riled up over Putin’s decree. I doubt that.

The Prisoner
The Prisoner
5 months ago

Nuland also tried very hard to get a war in Syria, wanted a no fly zone there, which Hillary supported.

Trump and Putin cleared up Syria.

The Colonel Plays Useful Idiots
The Colonel Plays Useful Idiots
5 months ago

But, but, but, muh foreign policy master Brandon Letsko?

Greg
Greg
5 months ago

This could have been prevented quite easily, if Victoria Nuland wasn’t back, maybe. In Putin’s speech he laid out the many issues that have plagued the area ever since Maidan, albeit rather dryly. If a particular nation is incapable of acknowledging and ‘accepting’ their own people, the inevitable result ‘is’ conflict. All the US had to do is pressure Kiev to “legitimize” the Donbass region and accept and fulfill the Minsk accords, which they had agreed to, along with Russia and the OSCE.

As Putin pointed out, Ukraine decided to forbid the Russian language which essentially wipes out the culture of the entire Donbass region. This alone violated their agreements. By the US supporting Ukraine, while abrogating signed agreements, it sends a signal to Russia that the US cannot be trusted. When we look at who would be the architect of this policy we can be suspicious of why it has taken this turn. It’s none other than Jake Sullivan. That alone should set off alarms bells all over.