Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Monday evening which entailed Russia officially recognizing the two self-proclaimed separatist republics in eastern Ukraine.
“I deem it necessary to recognize the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics,” Putin said in a statement.
The move paved the way to provide the separatist republics with military support, and Putin has ordered troops into two rebel-held republics under an alleged “peacekeeping mission.”
Prior to this decision, the Russian leader had called an emergency meeting of the Russian Security Council during which its members supported the notion to recognize the separatists’ independence.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki referred to Putin’s statement in a social media entry. He emphasized, that the decision was a rejection of dialogue and an act of aggression against Ukraine. He also called for an emergency European Council session to discuss the issue.
The prime minister of Poland has also signed an ordinance through which he has raised the alarm level on threats in cyberspace from ALFA-CRP to CHARLIE-CRP due to the escalating situation in Ukraine and reports of unspecified incidents in Poland.