Donetsk and Luhansk: EU Condemns Move By President Putin To Recognize Independence of Separatist Republics


Presidents Ursula von der Leyen of the European Commission and Charles Michel of the European Council respectively have roundly condemned the decision by the Russian President, Vladimir Putin to proceed with the recognition of the non-government controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine as independent entities.

The Russian President on Monday, February 21, signed decrees recognizing two separatist pro-Moscow regions in Ukraine as independent.

The decrees recognized two controversial separatist-held regions, the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic, in a ceremony carried on Russian state television.

The provocative move by Putin comes as fears of an invasion into Ukraine increase and has now drawn severe condemnation by the EU.

Members of Putin’s Security Council supported the initiative in a meeting the same day.

Putin directed parliament to recognize the separatist regions and ratify treaties of friendship, following a lengthy address in which he accused the US and NATO of attempting to turn Ukraine into a military outpost to harm Russia.

“I consider it necessary to make a long overdue decision: to immediately recognize the independence and sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic,” Putin said.

“I ask the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to support this decision, and then to ratify the treaties of friendship and mutual assistance with both republics. These two documents will be prepared and signed in the very near future. And from those who seized and hold power in Kyiv, we demand an immediate cessation of hostilities. Otherwise, all responsibility for the possible continuation of the bloodshed will be entirely on the conscience of the regime ruling on the territory of Ukraine,” he continued.

“Announcing the decisions taken today, I am confident in the support of the citizens of Russia and all the patriotic forces of the country. Thank you for your attention,” the Russian leader added.

Reacting to the development, the European Union in a Statement described the step as a blatant violation of international law as well as of the Minsk agreements.

“The Union will react with sanctions against those involved in this illegal act.

“The Union reiterates its unwavering support to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders,” the EU asserrted.

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