Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered for an immediate deployment of troops to eastern Ukraine.

After an official recognition of two separatists from Ukraine—further sealed by signed decrees stating Moscow acknowledges their independence, Putin will now seek to strengthen ties with both regions.

Although the Kremlin stated that Putin’s decision is aimed at maintaining peace in eastern Ukraine, many experts have warned of a potentially sinister plan to invade the country via the region.

The signed decree which recognised Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic, failed to state the commencement of Russian troops deployment in both regions.

Meanwhile, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy have voiced out for support from other Western countries. He however stated that Ukraine is ‘not afraid of anything or anyone’. A response to the latest development in the crisis.

Following a condemnation by Joe Biden; the POTUS, an executive order is expected to be issued prohibiting investment, trade and financing between the United States and the breakaway regions.

“These measures are separate from and would be in addition to the swift and severe economic measures we have been preparing in coordination with allies and partners should Russia further invade Ukraine,” Jen Psaki – a White House spokeswoman stated.

President Ursula Von Der Leyen of the European Commission and Charles Michel – the European Council President jointly condemned Putin’s decision and termed it a ‘blatant violation of international law as well as of the Minsk agreements’.

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