Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised everyone and everything by officially recognizing the independence of two separatist regions in Ukraine: Donetsk and Luhansk. And show your support for the rebels fighting in these areas against Ukrainian military forces.
Putin has assured that he will send Russian troops for “peacekeeping work” in these regions.
During the meeting that took place yesterday, Tuesday (22), senior members of the Putin government said that it is necessary to protect Russian citizens in this area.
The European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States have already said that they are planning sanctions on individuals and entities linked to the Russian government in this context.
US President Joe Biden called his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky and said he reaffirms “the US commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”.
According to Agence France Presse, Zelensky later commented on Putin’s speech and said that “we are not afraid.” He said he expected “clear support” from the West.