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Why Vladimir is Putin store in east Ukraine and why the West is ...

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Why Vladimir is Putin store in east Ukraine and why the West is worried

Autonomy allows the breakaway regions to veto policy, while invasion could spark European security crisis

Bloomberg News

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratcheted up tensions over Ukraine by announcing he’s recognising a pair of self-proclaimed separatist republics in eastern Ukraine. He has also sent “peacekeeping forces” to Donetsk and Luhansk, fuelling US and European concern that Moscow is moving to take control of land internationally recognised as part of Ukraine. 

Russia has repeatedly denied it is planning any attack and Putin has said his country is not considering annexing the area. Here’s a closer look at the territories and why they are now at the centre of attention:

What are the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics?..

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