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Putin Orders Russian Troops to Invade Eastern Ukraine (1 Viewer)

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2.21.22
Russian leader Vladimir Putin has ordered troops to move into Ukraine’s Donbas region on Monday, his second unprovoked invasion in eight years of the Western-leaning former Soviet republic. Defying weeks of frantic international diplomacy and warnings from NATO member states, Putin declared in an angry speech that Moscow would grant formal diplomatic recognition to two breakaway republics held by Russian-supported militia groups. The recognition essentially collapses the Minsk ceasefire agreement installed after Russia illegally annexed Crimea in southern Ukraine. Putin said he would send Russian forces into the eastern Ukrainian republics as “peacekeepers.”


Only the UN can legally send in "peacekeepers". This term is simply Putin propaganda to soften the international reaction.

This is now the second time within eight years that the Kremlin has admitted sending military forces into neighboring Ukraine.

Putin cannot have a western-leaning democracy on his border. His regime depends on authoritarianism and brutality to remain in control of Russia.

Putin Orders Forces to Breakaway Ukraine Areas in Escalation
 

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Only the UN can legally send in "peacekeepers". This term is simply Putin propaganda to soften the international reaction.

This is now the second time within eight years that the Kremlin has admitted sending military forces into neighboring Ukraine.

Putin cannot have a western-leaning democracy on his border. His regime depends on authoritarianism and brutality to remain in control of Russia.

Putin Orders Forces to Breakaway Ukraine Areas in Escalation



My understanding is the newly independent peoples republics of Luhansk and Donetsk reached out to the Russian Federation for protection from Ukrainians, just as Ukrainians are reaching out to Nato for protection.
 
Invasion of Ukraine has begun, says senior UK minister, as Britain and US ready 'significant' sanctions

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2.22.22
Russia's "invasion of Ukraine has begun", one of the most senior ministers in Boris Johnson's government said this morning, after President Vladimir Putin ordered troops over the border. Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, told Sky News the West was "waking up to a very dark day" after the Russia ordered troops to separatist-held regions Ukraine's Luhansk and Donetsk regions. "We have seen that Putin has recognised breakaway eastern regions in Ukraine and from the reports we can already tell that he has sent in tanks and troops," he added. "From that you can conclude that the invasion of Ukraine has begun." Not long after, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the "first barrage of UK economic sanctions against Russia" would be unveiled later on Tuesday. The UK has yet to say which individuals or organisations would be sanctioned, which UK government sources said was to maximise their effectiveness when announced. Johnson stopped short of calling Monday night's move an "invasion", saying instead that Putin is "bent on a full scale invasion". US officials also did not immediately term the latest move from Russia to be a "further invasion," a form of words meant to acknowledge the Russian annexation since 2014 of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

A "significant package of sanctions" would be announced later on Tuesday, a Downing Street spokesperson said. Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said that details would be set out during a press conference after coordinating a response with allies. He said Russia had broken international law, describing the situation as "very worrying" and "incredibly serious". He said: "Many of us were forewarning that President Putin had an agenda, you heard that agenda in his speech last night. "This is a sovereign state – a democratic state in Europe. All of us in Europe should worry and we should not hesitate to take whatever action we need to stop President Putin from undermining both NATO and also Europe, and more importantly our values."


All European nations are now at risk.

Putin obviously does not care a whit about the peace architecture in place on the European continent since 1946.

Putin Orders Forces to Breakaway Ukraine Areas in Escalation
 
I think Putin overplayed his hand. If he'd simply left his army parked on the border he could have negotiated from a pretty strong position. By actually invading he's slammed the door on talks as the world lines up to impose crippling sanctions that will severely impact Russia's already fragile economy.

I thought he was strategically smarter.
 
I think Putin overplayed his hand. If he'd simply left his army parked on the border he could have negotiated from a pretty strong position. By actually invading he's slammed the door on talks as the world lines up to impose crippling sanctions that will severely impact Russia's already fragile economy.

I thought he was strategically smarter.

I don't think there was anything to be gained by simply keeping his troops posted on the border.
 

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