Let’s learn about the Russian-backed Regions of Ukraine

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Russian President Putin recognized two Eastern Ukrainian Regions as independent republics. What are these regions?

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By Anuradha Bernard

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the nation last Monday (21/Feb/2022) and ordered troops into two rebel-held regions in eastern Ukraine, after recognising them as independent states. His speech was an hour long and used to justify his actions from Kremlin.

Those rebel-held regions are Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine.

According to a BBC report, the rebel-held areas have been evacuating women, children and the elderly to Russia since late last week.

Russia said the troops have not yet been deployed but will be “peacekeeping” in the regions, which it has backed since 2014. Russia was actively backing in these rebel-held regions since the 2014 Cremia annexation.

In recent years, Russian passports have been given out to large numbers of people in Donetsk and Luhansk.

As mentioned previously many times, Mr Putin said Ukraine was an integral part of his country’s history and described eastern Ukraine as “ancient Russian lands”.

Map showing the regions of Donesk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine and the Russian-backed separatist-held areas within those regions.
Map infographic from BBC

8 years ago, in February & March 2014, Russia invaded and subsequently annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine with this sort of claim. Now, Cremia is a part of Russia. There was no serious pressure applied on Russia. Russia was pulled out from G8 countries and it was renamed as G7.

First, US President Joe Biden issued Executive orders to prohibit US trade in Russian-backed regions. and the UK PM yesterday (22/Feb/2022) told to the British Parliament that the UK impose sanctions on directly Russian banks and individuals. More countries will follow these leads soon. It seems the pressure on Russia will be increased parallel to Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine.

Putin and his regime will escalate soon the value of their interest to regain the power of old soviet countries and so-called homeland in Eastern Ukraine against the price to pay with their trading abilities.

Agency reports were used to verify the information.

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