Putin plans to recognise eastern Ukraine’s breakaway regions – Kremlin

Putin plans to recognise eastern Ukraine’s breakaway regions – Kremlin

February 21, 2022

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin told France’s president and Germany’s chancellor during phone calls on Monday that he planned to sign a decree recognising the two breakaway regions of Ukraine as independent entities shortly, the Kremlin said.

The French and German leaders voiced disappointment after hearing the decision, the Kremlin said in a readout of the phone calls.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh, Alexander Marrow, Darya Korsunskaya; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Heavens)

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