The Russian Senate on Tuesday approved the request of the president of that nation, Vladimir Putin, to deploy military assets in order to support the Donetsk and Lugansk territories.
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The Federation Council unanimously approved (153 votes in favor) the request presented by the president of the Eurasian country.
The President of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly, Valentina Matvienko, emphasized that the Russian forces will aim to “establish peace in Donbas (…) stop this bloody civil war, prevent further bombing of peaceful settlements, civilians, create normal conditions for people’s lives and ensure safety”.
For his part, Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov asserted that Russia has had no choice but to request the deployment of national troops in foreign lands.
The President of Russia and heads of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics have signed a treaty of friendship and cooperation https://t.co/CuzfdvHXB1
— President of Russia (@KremlinRussia_E)
February 21, 2022
Pankov added that about 60,000 troops and heavy armor belonging to the Ukrainian army have been deployed on the borders of the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.
In response to this action by the Ukrainian army, Russia has deployed nearly 150,000 soldiers on the border, which increases the already existing tension between the two nations.
This request by President Putin is based on the mutual assistance agreements signed with Donetsk and Lugansk, which establish the obligations of both parties to provide assistance if one of them is the target of attacks.
On Monday, the Russian president recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, located in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.