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Russia President Vladimir Putin has decided to recognize DNR and LPR as independent states and has told Western European leaders. He is now giving an address to the Russian people.
Russian Security Council recommends recognizing separatist republics of DPR and LPR, reports RT.
Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev recommended Russia recognize the republics of Donetsk and Lugansk after their leaders appealed directly to President Putin earlier Monday.
The State Duma confirmed it backs this decision over security concerns – stating it believes Kiev is “freezing the process”.
⚡️1.2 million residents of Donbass have applied for Russian citizenship – Speaker of State Duma
⚡️President Putin to make decision on recognition of Donbass Republics later on Monday
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