Putin orders Russian army to enter Ukraine’s Donbas 'to support peace'

22 February, 12:10 AM
Putin orders Russian army to enter Ukraine’s Donbas 'to support peace' (Photo:Russian Defense Ministry/Facebook)

Putin orders Russian army to enter Ukraine’s Donbas 'to support peace' (Photo:Russian Defense Ministry/Facebook)

Right after Russian President Vladimir Putin officially recognized the puppet authorities of the occupied territories of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts as independent states, he ordered Russian soldiers to officially enter Ukrainian territory.

“Due to the request of the head of the DNR, I order the Ministry of Defense to proceed with this agreement and deploy Russian Armed Forces to the territory of the Donetsk People’s Republic in order to support peace on the territory of the republic,” Putin’s decree read.

The same decree was signed for a Russian troop deployment to Luhansk.

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Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin  recognized the so-called “people’s republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk after a long, rambling speech on the evening of Feb. 21. During the speech, Putin railed against the very existence of Ukraine, repeating a false claim that it was the creation of the Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin, and claiming Ukraine wanted to re-arm itself with nuclear weapons.

Ominously, he told officials in Kyiv to stop the violence, or responsibility for what happens would lie with those in charge in Ukraine.

"Announcing this, I'm certain of the support of all patriotic forces in Russia," Putin said.

Earlier on Feb. 21, he held an extraordinary meeting of Russia’s Security Council, during which the council’s members voted in favor of the recognition of the “republics.”

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