Moscow: After an hour long televised address, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed decree to recognise eastern Ukraine’s two rebel regions Donetsk and Luhansk as independent sovereign states.
“I deem it necessary to make a decision that should have been made a long time ago to immediately recognise the Donetsk (DPR) and Lugansk (LPR) People’s Republics,” he said in his address. Putin also termed Ukraine an integral part to Russia.
“The situation in Donbass is critical… Let me tell once again that Ukraine is not just a neighbouring country for us. It is an integral part of our own history, culture, and spiritual world. Ukraine is more than a neighbour.. Lenin was the creator and architect of Ukraine, including the region of Donbas,” he said.
Minutes before Putin’s address, Kremlin issued a statement about the decision to recognise the independence of eastern Ukraine’s breakaway regions. The statement said that the President conveyed the decision to French and German counterparts.
“President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had telephone conversations with President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron and Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Olaf Scholz,” Kremlin said in a statement.
Kremlin further added that Putin informed about the results of the expanded meeting of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, wnhich considered the current situation aroud Donbass in the context of the State Duma’s decision on the recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.
“Today, appeals were received from the leadership of the DPR and LPR to recognize their sovereignty in connection with the military aggression of the Ukrainian authorities, massive shelling of the territory of Donbass, as a result of which the civilian population suffers,” Kremlin stated.
“In view of all this, the President of Russia said that he intended to sign a corresponding decree in the near future. The President of France Emmanuel Macron and the Federal Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz expressed their disappointment with Putin’s recognition of Ukraine rebels,” Kremlin added.