Putin sends soldiers to Donetsk and Luhansk for ‘peace mission’

Russian President Putin has announced a peace mission in the Ukrainian renegade regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. The armed forces are being instructed to maintain peace there, says Putin.

That means that Russia is becoming militarily active in Ukraine. Earlier tonight, Putin recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed Peoples Republics of Donetsk (DNR) and Luhansk (LNR). In a statement, the Kremlin writes that the peacekeeping mission follows a request from the DNR and LNR.

It is still unclear when Russia will become militarily active in eastern Ukraine and how large the size of the military deployment will become. On Telegram, images of military colonnes that would be on their way to the region are circulating.

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Since the outbreak of the war in Eastern Ukraine in 2014, Russia has always denied being involved in the conflict. Reports of military involvement in the conflict have been denied in recent years.

Russia has reportedly contracted more than 150,000 soldiers around Ukraine. According to Western intelligence agencies, they are stationed there for a large-scale invasion of Ukraine. In recent days, among others, the Netherlands called on residents to leave Ukraine as soon as possible due to the threat of war.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg yesterday considered the risk of a massive Russian attack on Ukraine very, very large. Russia would not only want to invade the Donbas, but also surround the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

On this map you can see that only part of the oblasts (provinces) are controlled by the separatists: