Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned on Monday that he’s mulling the thought of recognising independence of Ukraine’s two breakaway areas. He mentioned that leaders of those territories in japanese Ukraine have appealed him to take action.
“Our objective is to hearken to our colleagues and decide our subsequent steps on this route, taking into consideration each the appeals of the leaders of the DNR (Donetsk Folks’s Republic) and LNR (Lugansk Folks’s Republic) to recognise their independence,” Putin mentioned whereas opening a televised safety council assembly.
He mentioned that tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine posed a risk to Moscow.
“Using Ukraine as an instrument of confrontation with our nation poses a severe, very massive risk to us,” Putin mentioned including that Moscow’s precedence was “not confrontation, however safety”.
The Russian parliament has additionally requested Putin to recognise the pro-Moscow separatist territories, which declared themselves impartial of Kyiv’s rule after Ukraine’s 2014 pro-EU revolution.
Requires recognition from the rebels got here because the Ukraine disaster escalated sharply on Monday, with fears mounting that Russia is paving the way in which for an all-out invasion of its western neighbour.
“I ask you to recognise the sovereignty and independence of the Lugansk Folks’s Republic,” separatist Leonid Pasechnik mentioned in a video aired on Russian state tv.
Denis Pushilin, the insurgent head of the Donetsk Folks’s Republic, made an identical attraction.
“On behalf of all of the folks of the Donetsk Folks’s Republic, we ask you to recognise the Donetsk Folks’s Republic as an impartial, democratic authorized and social state,” Pushilin mentioned.
(With inputs from businesses)