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Russian President Putin announces Donetsk and Luhansk recognition



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Residents from Donetsk celebrating the formal recognition of the independence of the Donetsk Republic by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, GETTY IMAGES

Feb. 22: Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he is recognising the independence of two breakaway regions of Ukraine.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic are in the east of the country and could allow him to move troops into Ukraine.

The move has been condemned by Nato and Western countries.