21 Feb 2022

Vladimir Putin signs decree to recognise breakaway Ukraine regions as independent states

Europe Editor and Presenter

President Putin has been giving a national televised address to the Russian people.

Putin insisted that Ukraine was a creation of Russia. Complaining that it had been ‘madness’ to allow any former Soviet republics to leave the Soviet Empire, he declared that Ukraine had never had a consistent tradition as an independent nation, and blamed the US for supporting ‘radicals’.

All this after a bizarre, carefully choreographed televised meeting of his security council today – where one by one Putin’s subordinates gave their support to recognising the independence of two breakaway regions.