Recognizing two separatist regions of Ukraine, what does Putin want?

Recognizing two separatist regions of Ukraine, what does Putin want? 1
Recognizing two separatist regions of Ukraine, what does Putin want? 1

The Donbass region has long been a hot spot in border tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia in December 2021.

This is the first time Russia has announced that it does not consider Donbass a part of Ukraine.

Alexander Borodai, a member of the Russian parliament and former Donetsk political leader, said last month that the separatists would then look to Russia to help them gain control of the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk that remain under control.

The two breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, collectively known as the Donbass region, separated from Ukrainian government control in 2014 and declared themselves independent `people’s republics`, although they were not recognized.

Russia’s recognition move is also said to `kill` the Minsk agreement.

President Putin considers Russians and Ukrainians `one people`.

`I would like to emphasize once again that Ukraine is not just our neighbor. It is an indispensable part of our history, culture and spirit,` Putin said in a televised speech.

The most recent official census in 2001 showed that more than half of the population in Crimea and Donetsk identified Russian as their mother tongue.

According to a survey published in 2021, more than half of people in the breakaway region want to join Russia, with or without some autonomy.

Recognizing two separatist regions of Ukraine, what does Putin want?

Crimea peninsula and Donbass region.

Before Donbass, Russia recognized the independence of the two breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia, after a 5-day war in 2008. Moscow provided them with budget support, granted Russian citizenship to their people and

In the case of Georgia, Russia used its recognition of the independence of separatist regions to justify its military presence in a former Soviet country.

Moscow has long viewed Ukraine as a buffer zone of NATO, the alliance established in 1949 to fight the Soviet Union.

`I still think Putin’s main goal in the Ukraine crisis is to challenge NATO and see if the alliance falters,` said retired general Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Before signing the decree recognizing the two separatist regions, Putin once said that all of Ukraine was `a country created by Russia`.

`I think Putin certainly has enough military power to attack Ukraine. I also know there is intelligence about this intention,` said retired general Joseph Ralston, former commander of NATO forces.

See more:

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– 5 questions about the Ukraine crisis

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– Calculation makes the US repeatedly accuse Russia of ‘about to attack Ukraine’

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