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Putin orders Russian troops to Ukraine after recognizing the secession area

* Ukraine and the West are wary of creating an excuse for Russia to invade
* UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting
* Witnesses see unmarked tanks enter Donetsk
* World market rattles, oil hits record highs for the first time in 7 years

Russian President Vladimir Putin, after admitting independence on Monday, ordered the deployment of troops to two secession areas in eastern Ukraine, accelerating the crisis that could unleash a major war in the West.
Reuters witnesses have tanks and other military hardware in the separatist-controlled city of Donetsk after Putin officially acknowledged the secession area and ordered the deployment of Russian troops to “maintain peace.” I saw it move.
According to Reuters, about five tanks were found in a row at the end of Donetsk, and two more tanks were found elsewhere in the town. No insignia was seen on the vehicle.
President Putin’s announcement elicited international condemnation and immediate US sanctions to suspend US operations in secession areas and ban the import of all goods from those areas.
White House spokesman Jen Psaki said the measure was separate from the sanctions prepared by the United States and its allies if Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
U.S. officials have not yet constructed a “more invasion” that would cause the harshest sanctions, as deployment to isolated outposts has already had troops there, but broader campaigns could come at any time. Said there is.
The UK, France and Germany have also agreed to sanction Russia’s approval of the secession area, and the White House said it would announce further measures on Tuesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who received a call for solidarity from US President Joe Biden, accused Russia of ruining peace talks and denied territorial concessions.
UN Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield said at an emergency meeting of the Security Council that approval of the eastern region of Moscow is part of an attempt to make an excuse for further invasion of Ukraine.
“Tomorrow, the United States will impose sanctions on Russia for a clear violation of this international law and Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” she told reporters after the Security Council meeting on Monday night.
“We can, and must, unite with our call for Russia to withdraw its troops, return to the diplomatic table, and strive for peace.”
Russia’s UN ambassador, Vasily Nevenzia, has “thought twice” and warned Western nations not to make the situation worse.
China called on all parties to exercise restraints, but said Japan was ready to participate in international sanctions against Moscow in the event of a full-scale aggression.
US diplomatic staff, moved from Kiev to the western city of Lviv, were ordered to spend the night in Poland as the crisis deepened.
As the eastern side of Europe stood on the brink of war, oil hit a seven-year high, jumping into a safe haven currency like the yen, and global stocks plummeting. As Putin said, the ruble expanded its losses and at some point slid over 80 per dollar.
In a long television speech filled with dissatisfaction with the West, Putin, who was visibly angry, said that eastern Ukraine was the land of ancient Russia.
Russian state television showed Putin with the addition of Russian-backed separatist leaders and signed a decree recognizing the independence of two secession areas in Ukraine, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and the Lugansk People’s Republic.
President Putin had previously announced his decision over the phone to German and French leaders, the Kremlin said.
In his speech, Putin traced back to the Ottoman Empire and delved into as much recent history as the tensions over NATO’s eastern expansion. His request for Ukraine to discontinue its long-term goal of joining the Atlantic military alliance has been repeatedly rejected by Kiev and NATO countries.
“I think we need to make decisions that should have been made long ago in order to immediately recognize the independence and sovereignty of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics,” Putin said.
A French presidential official said the speech “mixed various considerations of rigorous and delusional nature.”
The United States states that Russia has gathered 169,000-190,000 troops in the region and is always warning of aggression, including separatists in separatist regions.
Putin has been working for years to restore Russia’s influence over the countries that emerged after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ukraine occupies an important position in his ambitions. Russia annexed Crimean from Ukraine in 2014.
Russia has denied plans to attack its neighbors, but threatens unspecified “military-technical” actions unless Ukraine receives broad security, including a promise not to join NATO.
Regional approvals held by separatists will narrow diplomatic options for avoiding war, as it is a clear refusal of the ceasefire seven years ago mediated by France and Germany.

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