(AbsoluteNews.com) – On Monday, February 21, the situation in Ukraine escalated significantly. Russian President Vladimir Putin did something many foreign policy experts believe is the beginning of a larger incursion.
Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of Luhansk and Donetsk, two regions in eastern Ukraine that have been taken over by Russian rebels. During a televised address, he said the regions were “managed by foreign powers” and referred to eastern Ukraine as “ancient Russian lands.” The strongman also claimed, “the responsibility” for a “bloodbath” will be at the hands of the Ukrainian government; seeming to imply it won’t be him starting a conflict, but the other nation.
Hours after the announcement, The Guardian, Reuters, and several other news outlets reported Putin ordered Russian troops into Donetsk and Luhansk for so-called “peacekeeping” purposes.
BREAKING: Putin orders Russian troops to Donetsk and Luhansk, eastern Ukraine.
Decrees just published call for Russian “peacekeeping” missions to be sent immediately to the newly recognized territories. At the same time, Russian media full of reports of “Ukrainian attacks.” pic.twitter.com/pPRU3P02VT
— Christopher Miller (@ChristopherJM) February 21, 2022
World leaders swiftly condemned Putin’s actions. President Joe Biden announced sanctions on the regions, prohibiting Americans from operating there. Those are separate from the sanctions likely to come now that Putin has sent his troops across the border. Biden called Putin’s actions a “blatant violation of Russia’s international commitments.”
The European Union has also promised more sanctions against Russia. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said Russia won’t go unpunished for violating its international commitments.
The question is: Will any of the sanctions be tough enough to prevent an all-out war?
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