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Putin Orders Russiαn Military Into Ukrαine After Recognising Separatist Regions as Independent States

Following the outbreak of hostilities between the Ukrαiniαn Military and the separatist forces of the self proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Russiαn President Vladimir Putin in the early hours of February 22nd ordered the Russiαn  Military into Ukraine. This was announced by Russiαn state media as a deployment for peacekeeping purposes in Donetsk.

It followed a decision hours before on February 21st to recognise the Donetsk People’s Republic and the nearby Lugansk People’s Republic, both in eastern Ukrαine and bordering Russiα, as independent countries. Moscow previously refrained from doing since the two declared independence in 2014.Ukrαine has been in a state of civil war since 2014, when the country’s government was overthrow and a new more overly pro-Western one installed which led the predominantly ethnically Russiαn populations of Donetsk and Lugansk to seek greater autonomy.

The Russiαn government and President Putin himself have on multiple occasions accused the Ukrαiniαn government of carrying out a genocide or actions resembling it against the country’s Russiαn minority.The extent of Russiαn military involvement, including whether forces deployed to Eastern Ukrαine will be receiving air support, confronting Ukrαiniαn forces directly, or advising People’s Republic forces, all remain uncertain.

Russiα  has increased military deployments to its Western borders facing NATO and Ukrαine over several months, as well as to bases in neighbouring Belarus and to Khmeimim Airbase in Syria which faces NATO positions over the Mediterranean Sea. Many of these assets have been relocated from the country’s far eastern regions where more positive relations with neighbours such as China and the Koreas have made reduced military presences possible.

Officials from NATO member states have warned for several weeks that a Russiαn invasion of Ukrαine  is imminent, although Russiαn .The fact that Ukrαiniαn αttαcks on Lugansk have seen Russiαn territory fired on provide some pretext for intervention, although NATO members are likely to consider greater support for Kiev and more economic sanctions in Russiα as responses.