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Russia Recognizes the Luhansk and Donetsk Ukrainian Separatist Republics

MIN READFeb 22, 2022 | 02:26 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Feb. 21 address to the nation at the Kremlin in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Feb. 21 address to the nation at the Kremlin in Moscow.

(ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)

Russia's recognition of the Luhansk and Donetsk People's republics (LPR/DPR) in Eastern Ukraine as independent countries takes the conflict with Ukraine into a new phase that will likely involve Moscow using the threat of further military action against Ukraine to constrain Kyiv....

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