Russian parliament to assess recognition of separatist regions of Ukraine

MOSCOW — Russian lawmakers will on Tuesday consider proposals urging President Vladimir Putin to formally recognize separatist-controlled regions of eastern Ukraine as independent states, which could justify Moscow’s foray into an area which he no longer considers to be Ukrainian territory.

The State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, said on Monday it would consider draft resolutions submitted by the ruling United Russia party and the Russian Communist Party calling on Mr Putin to recognize the sovereignty of the self-declared Donetsk republics and Luhansk in the Ukrainian Donbass. Region.


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