Putin Recognizes ‘Independence’ of 2 Eastern Ukraine Regions

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially recognized the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, two eastern Ukraine provinces. He signed documents following a long speech carried on Russian television Monday.

“I deem it necessary to make a decision that should have been made a long time ago,” Putin said, “to immediately recognize the independence and sovereignty of the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic.”

Bordering Russian territory, approximately 40 percent of Donetsk and Luhansk residents are ethnic Russians. Today’s recognition of the two regions as republics lays the groundwork for military intervention. Russia has supported separatists in the region since 2014.

Putin also claimed Ukraine was committing genocide in Donetsk and Luhansk and plans to create nuclear weapons to use against Russia. No evidence supports these claims.

In reaction, President Biden will sign an executive order prohibiting investment, trade, and financing by Americans in the two new republics. More sanctions have been threatened should Russia further invade Ukrainian territory.

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  1. davenr321 Coolidge
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    War is a Science.

    https://youtu.be/fbSQZfKTNCA

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  2. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Let me think, think, think. . . we and the western Europeans could place sanctions on Gazprom and otherwise inhibit the flow/sale of NG from Russia, thereby cutting off Putin’s finances for his adventurism. Or, we could economically punish the non-separatists in eastern Ukraine. 

    Why is it the Biden administration always seems to choose the option most favorable to America’s enemies?

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  3. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Let me think, think, think. . . we and the western Europeans could place sanctions on Gazprom and otherwise inhibit the flow/sale of NG from Russia, thereby cutting off Putin’s finances for his adventurism. Or, we could economically punish the non-separatists in eastern Ukraine.

    Why is it the Biden administration always seems to choose the option most favorable to America’s enemies?

    Biden gave the green light to Putin as soon as he opened up Nord Stream 2. Then Biden shut down our own oil production, boosting the prices Putin could charge. Insanity.

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  4. Rōnin Coolidge
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    davenr321 (View Comment):

    War is a Science.

    https://youtu.be/fbSQZfKTNCA

    War is Art.

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  5. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Let me think, think, think. . . we and the western Europeans could place sanctions on Gazprom and otherwise inhibit the flow/sale of NG from Russia, thereby cutting off Putin’s finances for his adventurism. Or, we could economically punish the non-separatists in eastern Ukraine.

    Why is it the Biden administration always seems to choose the option most favorable to America’s enemies?

    Biden gave the green light to Putin as soon as he opened up Nord Stream 2. Then Biden shut down our own oil production, boosting the prices Putin could charge. Insanity.

    Also predictably inflating the prices of all our goods. It’s as if Democrats want us ordinary Americans hurting. 

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  6. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Let me think, think, think. . . we and the western Europeans could place sanctions on Gazprom and otherwise inhibit the flow/sale of NG from Russia, thereby cutting off Putin’s finances for his adventurism. Or, we could economically punish the non-separatists in eastern Ukraine.

    Why is it the Biden administration always seems to choose the option most favorable to America’s enemies?

    Biden gave the green light to Putin as soon as he opened up Nord Stream 2. Then Biden shut down our own oil production, boosting the prices Putin could charge. Insanity.

    I just read that Putin restarted construction of Nord Stream 2 four days — f.o.u.r –after Biden was sworn in (and rescinded the sanctions Trump had put on Russia). The pipeline was finished last September. How convenient. 

    Dumpster fire doesn’t quite cover the Biden administration, does it? It’s more apocalyptic than that. 

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  7. Doug Watt Moderator
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    Russia plans on sending Piece Keepers into Ukraine, and no I didn’t misspell Peace. It may not stop in Ukraine. Putin considers the Baltic Republics, and part of Poland as part of the old Russian empire.

    The invasion may have already started. Russian tanks and armored columns may have already crossed into eastern Ukraine according to some reports.

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  8. Victor Tango Kilo Member
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    For some reason, I don’t really think our western European allies are really very alarmed about the Russian threat.

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  9. Joseph Stanko Coolidge
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    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    It may not stop in Ukraine. Putin considers the Baltic Republics, and part of Poland as part of the old Russian empire.

    Putin considers the entire Warsaw Pact zone as part of the old Soviet empire.

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  10. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Joseph Stanko (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):
    It may not stop in Ukraine. Putin considers the Baltic Republics, and part of Poland as part of the old Russian empire.

    Putin considers the entire Warsaw Pact zone as part of the old Soviet empire.

    Alaska used to be Russian territory, too.

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  11. Mackinder Coolidge
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    Next step is for these regions to request Russian assistance, which will be the invite for a serious invasion. Perhaps in the next few hours? Who knows. What a time we are all living in.

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  12. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    I hope for the best for the Ukrainians, but I really don’t want the U.S. to become involved militarily.  If we get stuck fighting with Russia I fear that China would decide it would be an opportune time for them to eat Taiwan.  I think the communist takeover of Taiwan would be a worse tragedy than the Ukrainian debacle, and that is where we should keep our focus.

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  13. Doctor Robert Member
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    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Jon Gabriel, Ed. (View Comment):

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):

    Let me think, think, think. . . we and the western Europeans could place sanctions on Gazprom and otherwise inhibit the flow/sale of NG from Russia, thereby cutting off Putin’s finances for his adventurism. Or, we could economically punish the non-separatists in eastern Ukraine.

    Why is it the Biden administration always seems to choose the option most favorable to America’s enemies?

    Biden gave the green light to Putin as soon as he opened up Nord Stream 2. Then Biden shut down our own oil production, boosting the prices Putin could charge. Insanity.

    I just read that Putin restarted construction of Nord Stream 2 four days — f.o.u.r –after Biden was sworn in (and rescinded the sanctions Trump had put on Russia). The pipeline was finished last September. How convenient.

    Dumpster fire doesn’t quite cover the Biden administration, does it? It’s more apocalyptic than that.

    You give them too much credit.  These are not mistakes or errors in judgement.  The Dem party has been frankly anti-American since the first Clinton term, and it’s only getting worse.   This is deliberate.  Hurting America is their goal.

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  14. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
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    ‘Putin also claimed Ukraine was committing genocide in Donetsk and Luhansk and plans to create nuclear weapons to use against Russia. No evidence supports these claims’

    Other than the President of Ukraine saying he wants nuclear weapons.

     

    Hes only the President of Ukraine.  A complete non-entity.

    http://eu.eot.su/2022/02/21/zelenskys-statement-a-bluff-or-a-dream-of-nuclear-weapons/

     

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  15. Brian Clendinen Member
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    So can we due the same and claim eastern Siberia an independent republic and send peacekeepers so the Oil refiners or “Safe”?  I mean it’s only like an hour or two boat ride from Alaska.

    Actually, if this is acceptable then why not due this with Canada since technically they are a Federation. Each Providence is now an independent nation and we can send peacekeepers in to protect against a Fascist government.

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  16. MarciN Member
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    It seems to me the issue is sovereignty. Isn’t that the role of the United Nations? To recognize a country’s sovereignty and to uphold it? I’m thinking of Israel in 1948, for example.

    Is there a very dangerous world-reordering precedent being set here by Russia?

     

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