At the end of a bitter and bellicose speech in which he took aggressive aim at Kyiv and the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was recognizing the Moscow-backed separatist entities that control parts of eastern Ukraine as independent countries – and quickly signed a decree making it official. For years, and even in…...
Madness or method? Why Putin recognized the Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine
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