Russian soldiers will be deployed in the territories of the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, recognized on Monday by Moscow, to carry out pacification functions, according to two decrees signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to the documents, the Russian military “will guarantee the peace” in those territories until the signing of agreements on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Aid between both entities and Moscow.
Russian President Vladimir Putin made the decision on Monday to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Lugansk after receiving a request in this regard from their respective leaders and once the Duma (Lower House of the Russian Parliament) sent him last 15 February a resolution to urge you to take that step.
The decrees signed by the Russian president also establish consultations between Moscow and the recognized republics for the establishment of diplomatic relations.
The documents enter into force from the moment of their publication, according to the text of the same.
Russian President Putin signed the decrees recognizing Donetsk and Lugansk after a long televised address to the nation.
“I consider it necessary to make a decision that has been taking its own weight for a long time: to immediately recognize the independence and sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic”, Putin said at the end of his speech.
Putin argued in his speech that the situation in Donbas, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting since 2014 with the Ukrainian Army in a conflict that has claimed the lives of some 14,000 people, is “critical, serious”.
The decision to recognize both self-proclaimed republics was supported almost unanimously by the members of the Russian Security Council.
The vice president of that body, Dmitry Medvedev, compared the situation to 2008, when he, as then president of Russia, made the decision to recognize the breakaway Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
That, according to Medvedev, saved “hundreds of thousands of lives” of residents in those territories.
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