Daily review: Putin formally recognizes his puppet republics, sanctions expected

Daily review: Putin formally recognizes his puppet republics, sanctions expectedThe past 24 hours in the war zone Regular Russian military columns entered occupied areas of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-controlled militant formations since 2014. Putin instructed the Russian Ministry of Defense to ensure that the Russian Armed Forces perform the functions of maintaining peace in the “republics” before concluding agreements with the “LNR” and …

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